Mineral Wells Index
By TONY EIERDAM
Mineral Wells Lady Rams freshman forward Kylie Williams earned an All-District 12-4A superlative award and Molly Clarke and Mason Malone each were all-district, first-team selections in a vote of league soccer coaches.
In all, the Lady Rams placed eight players on the all-district team.
Williams was selected as the Offensive Newcomer of the Year. She finished district play with a pair of goals and an assist, but Lady Rams head coach John Tuggle said her overall play was what caught the eyes of the district coaches.
“Stats don’t show the true player, and Kylie is a dominating player wide with her speed and aggressive play not backing down to anyone,” he said. “Kylie had many second assists.
“She scored against Aledo, a team that only allowed three goals in all of district play.
“When nominated, her play was immediately recognized. We are very excited for her to represent Mineral Wells in receiving this honor from District 12-4A coaches.”
Clarke, a four-year starter, scored five goals and added five assists. Her penalty kick goal against Brewer ended up being the winning goal in a match that the Lady Rams won 1-0 to clinch a playoff spot for the third consecutive year.
“Molly is a balanced player with multiple attacking skills,” Tuggle said. “She is also a clutch player, and we saw that against Brewer in our last district game.”
Malone did not score during district play, but she did record an assist. Tuggle said the coaches also looked at her overall play and defensive abilities.
“Stats are not indicative of Mason’s true skill level,” Tuggle said “Many goals and defensive turnovers were a result of her knowledge and ability to step up aggressively. She is also a very versatile player.”
Earning second-team honors for the Lady Rams were seniors Emily Clingings and Miriam Garcia.
Clingings was the Lady Rams’ defensive stopper, and she scored a goo and registered an assist in district play. Garcia scored five goals and added three assists in league action.
“Emily displayed speed, and she was a defender with a left leg to takeover and move ball upfield, not one to just kick ball out but create counter attacks from back,” Tuggle said. “Miriam was a captain and known for her dangerous corner kicks and free kicks.
“She was a big player in a small package.”
Mineral Wells players earning honorable mentions were senior forward Sami Stevens, sophomore mid fielder Bre Hinojos and freshman goalkeeper Brittany Smith.
Stevens led the Lady Rams with seven goals while adding two assists; Hinojos scored five goals; and Smith recorded seven shutouts.
“One of my favorite memories of this season concerning Sami was her goal against Boswell that denied them a district championship on their Senior Night,” Tuggle said. “Bre is a versatile player who can play mid field or forward.
“Brittany became a starter during district and played outstanding.”