Salado vs Jarrell soccer

Salado's Ashlen LaCanne (19) tries to score while maneuvering past Jarrell keeper Lorena Macedo during their soccer match at Salado on Tuesday night.

Salado sophomore midfielder Ashlen LaCanne earned the Player of the Week award. 

“I’m excited for Ashlen,” said Salado head coach Michael Goos. “It’s a neat opportunity to get rewarded like this and I know any time a kid even gets nominated it’s a big deal.”

LaCanne scored four goals last week, including a natural hat trick in a 6-1 win over Lampasas.

“Ashlen has a good knack for knowing exactly where to be and the correct time to be there,” Goos explained. “Against Lampasas, she put herself in very good spots.”

Salado is 16-1 overall, 8-0 in District 25-4A and ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 4A.

LaCanne was a big part of last season’s Salado squad, which advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time in school history.

“And this year, Ashlen is even better,” Goos said. “She understands the game better. Part of that increased knowledge came from her playing a lot of soccer in the offseason. She loves the sport.

“She was very good last year but a freshman playing varsity is always tough for anyone. She was a 14-year-old playing against 18-year-olds. The year under her belt helped her quite a bit. She’s a lot more comfortable this season.”

Also nominated for the Player of the Week award were Florence softball player Emily Gray, Killeen point guard Tia Harston, Harker Heights wrestler Andrew McFarland and Lampasas guard Tyler Shivers.

“Well,” said Goos, “for Ashlen to win this award is exciting for both her and our soccer program.”

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