Salado soccer coach Michael Goos refers to Lady Eagles junior Reagan Morreale as the “ultimate team player.”
Not only is Morreale a leader on the field, but also off the field.
Morreale and the Lady Eagles are trying to make a run in the playoffs and get back to the Class 4A state tournament, where last year they fell in the state semifinals to Jasper.
Morreale did her part by delivering a hat trick March 23 in the Lady Eagles’ 5-0 first-round playoff victory over Taylor. She also scored in a 5-1 win over Gatesville in a playoff warmup game March 20.
“Reagan is an extremely hard worker,” Goos said. “You can see when she steps on the field, that she is ready to go to work and make an impact on the game.
“She works hard at everything she does.”
For her outstanding performance on the field, Morreale was voted the Freddy’s-KDHpressbox.com Player of the Week.
As the Lady Eagles get ready to face Boerne in a quarterfinal matchup Tuesday evening in Dripping Springs, the junior knows that she would not have won the honor without the help of the great fans that Salado has.
“It’s amazing to be appreciated by your hard work,” Morreale said. “The Salado community is amazing and the student body and community always does a good job of supporting Eagle athletics.
“The fact that I was able to beat out a lot of people from big 6A schools is something that I think about and really am amazed.”
Morreale knows that she would not be where she would today without the help of Goos.
“Coach Goos is just a great person,” Morreale said. “Either on the field or off, he is always there for me and there to support me.”
Although Salado lost a number of seniors who helped carry the squad last year, the Lady Eagles have a special group this year, and Morreale would like for the season to last as long as it can.
“This year we really have a special group and we all are like one big family,” Morreale said.
Others nominated for the award were Harker Heights senior Joshua Donovan, Copperas Cove junior Cameron Johnson, Gatesville senior Jessica Ortiz and Killeen junior Tanjala Smith.
Donovan allowed just one score, on a penalty kick, in the Knights’ 2-1 bi-district victory over Grand Prairie. Donovan also shut out Liberty Hill in a playoff warmup game in the same week.
Johnson helped carried Copperas Cove to a 7-1 victory over Shoemaker by pitching six innings of two-hit baseball, while striking out 10.
Ortiz scored five goals in a 10-0 victory over Anahuac in the first round of the playoffs. The senior also scored the Lady Hornets’ lone goal in a loss to Salado in a warmup game.
Smith went 3 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs, and scored two runs as Killeen rallied with an eight-run fifth inning to beat Copperas Cove 8-2.