Five of the six girls soccer programs in Johnson County qualified for the postseason, and that success resulted in a stacked lineup for the Classic Chevrolet Buick GMC of Cleburne 2020 All-Johnson County girls soccer team.
Alvarado, Burleson, Burleson Centennial, Cleburne and Joshua qualified for the 2020 postseason, with the Lady Elks (15-4-5), Lady Spartans (17-0-4), Lady Jackets (12-4-6) and Lady Owls (12-4-3) each posting records well above .500 for the season.
Including superlative awards along with first- and second-team honors, Burleson Centennial’s 10 selections leads the 2020 All-Johnson County team along with Burleson High’s nine. Cleburne and Joshua each have eight players on the all-county team while Alvarado boasts six recipients along with Venus’ two.
It’s the second year in a row Burleson and Burleson Centennial lead the all-county girls team after they each received eight selections in 2019; the Lady Spartans reached the regional finals while the Lady Elks reached the regional quarterfinals last season.
Burleson Coach Erin Poyner said having the Lady Elks and Lady Spartans be the most-represented teams is a sign of how strong girls soccer is in Burleson.
“I think it’s a really good representation of soccer in Burleson,” Poyner said. “I think both schools are definitely on the rise and are getting more and more recognition within our region in those top spots. I actually think Centennial really had a good shot at state this year so it was unfortunate to have that cut off. And I definitely think we’re coming up in the rankings. I think we have two really good squads.”
Centennial Coach Heather McMahan agrees that girls soccer is gaining steam in this area.
“It is an incredible achievement for all of these girls to be recognized,” McMahan said. “Texas has some of the best girls soccer, but this area is becoming even stronger and I cannot wait for the future. As far as our team goes, they are a special group. They worked so hard all year and have become a family. Proud is an understatement when it comes to this team.”
Included in the All-Johnson County first team are a handful of players who either did or perhaps should have received superlative recognition on their all-district teams, an indication of how deep and talented girls soccer is in the county.
Joshua Coach Jeff Brooks said to receive an all-county honor is always special, but especially considering how talented the field is this year.
“Johnson County is a pretty solid soccer spot,” Brooks said. “We have so much respect for Cleburne, Burleson, Burleson Centennial, Alvarado and Venus and their programs, and it’s always great because the folks who get recognized are doing so in the company of really fantastic players. Individual recognition is always a byproduct of team success, and it’s exciting to celebrate both.”
The All-Johnson County first team is comprised of: Alvarado senior Khloe Lechowicz (19 goals), Alvarado sophomore Trinity Ivy (nine goals, 13 assists), Alvarado senior Kylee Barnes, Burleson sophomore Alyssa Villavicencio, Burleson junior Olivia Nivens, Burleson freshman Lennon Porter, Centennial senior Casie Watson, Centennial junior Apolonia Wright, Centennial senior Ashli Galupi, Cleburne junior Tessa Scott, Cleburne senior Nichole Lares, Joshua senior Alyssa Stanley (eight goals, 15 assists), Joshua sophomore Karen Miranda, and Venus senior Isabel Espinoza.
The All-Johnson County second team is made up of: Alvarado junior Brea Stovall (seven goals), Alvarado sophomore Brinkley Williams, Burleson sophomore Kylie Jo Harris, Burleson freshman Taylor Rivera, Centennial senior Jordan Rosser, Centennial sophomore Libbie Mayfield, Centennial junior Sarah Tate, Cleburne sophomore Isabel Vasquez, Cleburne freshman Trinity Granger, Cleburne freshman Emily Lares, Joshua sophomore Ashley Jordan, Joshua freshman Tatumn Shank, Joshua junior Anna Yates, Joshua junior Valerie Greer, and Venus sophomore Litzi Posada.
The All-Johnson County teams are selected by the Times-Review based on all-district selections, statistics, team success and coaches’ nominations.