It’s a tradition. Season after season, the Belton Tigers are on top. The Lady Tigers have won nine straight district titles and 11 of the last 14. Under coach Tarcisio Mosnia, the Belton boys have never floundered. It has won or shared the district title in each of his nine seasons at the helm of the Tigers.
And in four seasons of naming an All-Area soccer MVP, the Killeen Daily Herald has chosen a Lady Tiger each year. And in all but one year — Alonso Rivera (2011) — has chosen a player from Belton for the boys MVP. This year is not any different.
The Belton programs were as dominant as ever.
Angel Hernandez scored 23 goals and dished out six assists to lead the Belton boys to a share of the 8-5A title with Waco Midway. For that he was named the Daily Herald boys soccer MVP.
“To be it is an accomplishment to be up to the standards of the other players who have come through, like Josh Caffey, my brother and Luke Villamaria,” Hernandez said. “Playing up to their level feels great. Because they were really talented and they carried the team.”
He follows MVPs Luke Villamaria (2012) and Tayron Martin (2010). Belton went 18-3-4 this season behind Hernandez, including a 13-1 mark in district play.
Despite the accolades and all the goals scored, Hernandez took the most pride in his role as a leader for the Tigers. “Helping out everyone and focusing on the team instead of just one individual (was the most important thing),” Hernandez said.
Jaime Boone was the best girls player in the area, scoring 34 goals and dishing out 13 assists on her way to being named the 2013 Daily Herald girls soccer MVP. Boone follows girls MVPs Hadley Young (2011, 2012) and Jourdan Brown (2010).
“It is an honor to feel like I am up there with the greats at Belton,” Boone said. “It makes me feel like I am part of the Belton line.”
She had a hand in more than half of the Lady Tigers’ goals this season as they again won the district title, going 13-0-1 in 8-5A play and outscoring their competition 68-0 in that 14-game stretch.
Boone thrived on that competition, especially in district play.
“It felt good that if I had a good game and scored a couple of goals, knowing that people would man-mark me and a team’s objective was to not let me score,” Boone said.
The Lady Tigers finished the season with another district title, a bi-district loss to Duncanville and went 18-4-2 overall.
“I think it shows how ahead we are in our district to be able to come out and win it every year,” Boone said. “Everyone in Belton makes each other better and we have good competition every time we go to practice. ... It feels good to win it every year and remind everyone we are the best.”
Boys First Team
F- Ryan Stuckey, Ellison
F- Timothy Williams, Belton
F- Ethan Roden, Harker Heights
MF - Nathan Diederich, Ellison
MF - Mohamed Balde, Ellison
MF - Daniel Lemus, Salado
MF - Chase Crenwelge, Salado
D- Josh Rogers, Salado
D - Josh Parish, Lampasas
D - Ryan Telles, Ellison
GK - Carlo Mosnia, Belton
Girls First Team
F - Alyssa Conde, Ellison
F- Kristen Hoelscher, Temple
F - Maria Salinas, Lampasas
MF - Analise Watson, Lampasas
MF - Shelbie Letzer, C. Cove
MF - Kat Parker, Belton
MF - Hannah Wiley, Temple
D - Jacey Love, Belton
D - Maggie Villamaria, Belton
D - Jasmine Everette, C. Cove
GK - Keandra Gray, Shoemaker
Boys Second Team
F - Anthony Galick, Copperas Cove
F - Franco Vega, Gatesville
F - Jordan Foster, Harker Heights
MF - Cory Entrop, Belton
MF - Cesar Cruz, Belton
MF - Sebastian Corrales, Gatesville
MF - Chris Perez, Harker Heights
D - Cody Bartek, Belton
D - Patrick Murray, Salado
D - Cody Cook, Harker Heights
GK - Josh Barbrow, Lampasas
Girls Second Team
F - Brooke Guerrero, Ellison
F - Aubrey Martinez, Belton
F - Ali McBride, Copperas Cove
MF - Blake Stephenson, Salado
MF - Sam Hammonds, Harker Heights
MF - Sierra Rush, Lampasas
MF - Madi Goldston, Belton
D - Anissa Peralta, Salado
D - Lexi Daniels, Salado
D - Kristin McDonald, Copperas Cove
GK - Madi DePriest, Salado
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