Flash Staff Report
STEPHENVILLE (April 18, 2017) — They say to the victors go the spoils.
There is no greater victor in 4A girls soccer than newly crowned state champion Stephenville, and the spoils continue to roll in.
Savannah Alford was named MVP of the state tournament in Georgetown last week following Stephenville’s 2-1 championship win over Boerne a day after a 2-0 shutout of Athens in the semifinal. It was later announced that three Honeybee freshmen join the senior sweeper on the all-tournament team in forwards Ciara Johnston and Haleigh Beam and defenseman Beatris Chavarria.
Johnston had a goal and an assist against Athens, Beam recorded an assist on a corner kick that Alford headed in for the first goal against Boerne and Chavarria marked elite scorers Makayle Traxson of Athens and Paige Marcell of Boerne. Alford, of course is the anchor of the Stephenville defense, sweeping away most anything that did come through, and she also had the initial goal in the championship.
But Alford has played that for years for Stephenville, earning 19 playoff starts with 16 wins, seven of them en rout to the first state championship in the program’s history.
Fitting then, that the Midwestern State signee is also the Defensive MVP of District 4-4A.
And fitting for the top team in the state to dominate the district special awards. Joining Alford on that prestigious list are offensive MVP Johnston, top offensive newcomer Gracie Bales, another freshman, and Chavarria as top defensive newcomer. Randi Dennison, a forward for 4-4A champ Abilene Wylie, was the overall district MVP in a deep league that saw all four member clubs win two playoff matches to reach the quarterfinals in the locked and loaded 4A Region I.
Senior defenseman Kalee Wright, also a Midwestern signee, was named first-team all-district alongside a pair of freshmen in midfielder Jimena Espinoza and keeper Madyson Wyly. Second-team honors went to freshmen Beam, Claire Choate Courtney Langley. Third-team recognition went to freshmen Brinkley Harlow and Madelyn Heupel and sophomore Alexis De Los Santos.