Two Reagan girls named “Player-to-watch” in 2016 Soccer scouting report

January 7, 2016


Soccer: Area storylines, scouting report for 2016
By Terrence ThomasJanuary 6, 2016 Updated: January 6, 2016 6:41pm

Express-News staff writer Terrence Thomas previews some of the key questions of the upcoming high school season:

Will this be the year the Alamo Heights girls turn their regular-season dominance into a long playoff run?

The Mules have a combined 41-2-1 record over the past two seasons, outscoring their opponents 205-9. But they’ve suffered heartbreaking losses each time in the playoffs — 2-1 in the second round to Cedar Park Vista Ridge last year, and 1-0 in the regional quarterfinals to Leander Rouse in 2014. With Megan Katona, Raven Guerrero, Christian Olson and Karina Moreno headlining 18 returning letter-winners, Heights appears poised for a breakthrough.

“It’s a little bit challenging, but I think we really helped each other through it,” Katona said of the postseason setbacks. “I think now we’re just ready to come back even harder. It’s really motivational, and I think we’re really going to try to work together and get this thing done.”

Can the Lee boys build off of last year’s resurgence?

The Volunteers finished 14-5-4, claimed a share of their first District 26-6A title since 2010 and advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 2011 in David Rogers’ first season a year ago. With seven returning starters, including All-Area Super Team goalkeeper Victor Rodriguez, a deep playoff run could be in the cards for Lee.

Look for Reagan to again be the Volunteers’ biggest threat in district. The Rattlers advanced to the Region IV-6A tournament in 2015, and welcome back coach Gilbert Villarreal. Villarreal coached at Reagan from 2008-2012, leading the Rattlers to an 83-23-21 record and three regional tournament appearances, before leaving for Steele.

S.A. Christian’s girls won the TAPPS Division II state championship a year ago. What can they do for an encore?

The Lady Lions should be in the running for a repeat title. They return most of their roster from a year ago, including standout goalkeeper Sydney Vickers, Hallie Hausman, Allie Cheney, Anakay Mora, Lauren Ross and Madison Price. Hausman scored 47 goals as a freshman in 2015, including two in the state final.

Scouting report

Boys players to watch

Class 6A

Andrew Beard, Smithson Valley, senior, F

Collin Brandenburg, N.B. Canyon, junior, GK

Marlon Flores-Flores, Brandeis, sophomore, F

Antonio Juarez-Alvarez, Jay, junior, D

Michael Maldonado, Clemens, senior, F

Javier Martinez, Clark, junior, F

J.P. Ortiz, Southwest, senior, F

Jake Peterson, Clark, senior, MF

Victor Rodriguez, Lee, senior, GK

Zach Smith, Johnson, senior, F

Classes 5A-4A

Tyler Childs, Boerne Champion, junior, MF

Miguel De La Torre, La Vernia, junior, F

Ivan De La Mora, Kerrville Tivy, senior, MF/F

Ian Kendrick, Fredericksburg, junior, MF

John Mendoza, Jefferson, senior, F

Tom Pheulpin, Alamo Heights, senior, MF

Alex Quintanilla, Kennedy, senior, GK

Osiel Valdes, Harlandale, senior, F

Private schools

Alan Barr, Antonian, junior, D

Luke Duncan, Central Catholic, senior, GK

Diego Gonzalez, Central Catholic, junior, MF


Girls players to watch

Class 6A

Mary Cardone, MacArthur, senior, GK

Lexy Diaz, Southwest, junior, F

Kyra Falcone, MacArthur, senior, F

Annika Fields, Smithson Valley, senior, D

Gaby Galan, Reagan, senior, MF

Brooke Hanson, New Braunfels, senior, F

Alexia Maldonado, O’Connor, senior, F

Christa Morovitz, Reagan, junior, GK

Tayler Niemeyer, Marshall, senior, F

Samantha Palomino, Brandeis, sophomore, F

Ammber Valverde, Brennan, senior, F

Classes 5A-4A

Catalina Canizalez, Highlands, sophomore, MF

Mackenzie Clark, Medina Valley, sophomore, MF

Ingrid Garcia, Harlandale, sophomore, F

Raven Guerrero, Alamo Heights, senior, MF

Megan Katona, Alamo Heights, senior, F

Melissa Kite, Medina Valley, senior, D

Sydney Von Rosenberg, Boerne Champion, junior, F

Private schools

Sofia Arce, Saint Mary’s Hall, senior, MF

Anne Marie Boeckman, Incarnate Word, junior, F

Allison Dee, Antonian, junior, F

Hallie Hausman, S.A. Christian, sophomore, F

Sophia Mora, Incarnate Word, sophomore, D

Madison Price, S.A. Christian, senior, D

Ashton Rodgers, Boerne Geneva, junior, MF

April Sulaica, Antonian, junior, MF

Sydney Vickers, S.A. Christian, senior, GK
Note: Scouting reports were compiled by Express-News soccer beat writer Terrence Thomas from schools that responded to questionnaires. Not all schools responded.

Key dates

Thursday: First day for UIL matches

Feb. 16: TAPPS playoffs begin

Feb. 26-27: TAPPS state tournament

March 24: UIL playoffs begin

April 8-9: UIL regional tournaments

April 13-16: UIL state tournament

Contact us

Beat writer: Terrence Thomas — Call 210-250-3339 or email

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