Unsung Heroes Help FISD Soccer Teams
Over the last four seasons, Frisco ISD soccer programs have won four UIL state titles and a whopping 16 teams have made it to at least the regional quarterfinals. That includes the three FISD teams that this week will play in the 5A Region II tournament at Standridge Stadium in Carrollton: the Heritage and Wakeland boys teams and the Independence girls team.
Those teams have helped push FISD’s total of soccer playoff match wins, just in the last four years, to 64. Those playoff wins come from talent, hard work and determination, and it helps that Frisco is a soccer hotbed that produces deep teams and breakout stars.
But equally important to the success of the FISD teams are the less-heralded contributors to their teams – those who might be called unsung heroes. The coaches of FISD’s three regional qualifiers each offered up an unsung hero for recognition as their teams prepare for the regional tournament.
Notable: The Independence girls team won the District 9-5A title and has compiled a 21-1-1 record. The Knights, who are making their first appearance in the regional tournament, won their first two playoff matches in blowouts and then beat Carrollton Creekview 2-1 in a penalty-kick shootout.
Next game: vs. Mount Pleasant, 12:30 p.m. Friday (Standridge Stadium)
Unsung hero: Bella Woliver
Coach Geoff Ajdukovich says:
“Bella is an outstanding player who provides tenacity and a calming presence to our midfield. She is so smooth on the ball and gives balance to both our attack and defense. She is a tireless worker and is always in good spirits. Furthermore, she excels in the classroom and plans to play soccer at Regis University in Denver.”
Notable: The Heritage boys team entered
the playoffs as the third seed out of District 9-5A – perhaps the toughest
district in the state – and has been mentally tough during crunch time, winning
each of its playoff matchups by one goal. The Coyotes advanced to a Region II
quarterfinal two years ago, where they lost to the eventual state champion,
Next game: vs. Mount Pleasant, 3 p.m. Friday (Standridge Stadium)
Unsung hero: Derek Norsworthy
Coach Adrian Puente says:
“Derek has been an outstanding player for us all year. He never makes excuses, has a never-say-die attitude and leaves it all on the field every game. To the casual observer, his contributions may go unnoticed because he’s not very flashy or attention seeking, but every single coach in the district is well aware of his abilities and respects him as one of the best players in the area. We are definitely more than just a one player team, but he has played a huge role in our success this year."
Notable: The Wakeland boys team won District 9-5A and is seeking a fourth straight trip to the state tournament and a third straight 5A state title. The Wolverines are 18-2-5 and have won their three playoff matches by a combined score of 13-1. Wakeland also won a state title in 2010.
Next game: vs. Jacksonville, 5:30 p.m. Friday (Standridge Stadium)
Unsung hero: Chase Akin
Coach Andy Holt says: “We have a manager, Chase Akin, who has been nothing but great for us the last two years. He is at every practice and game. He does a lot behind the scenes with getting equipment ready for practices and games. He does anything that is asked of him and tries to do more. Not only does he help with equipment, he brings excitement and energy to our team at games. Chase is the definition of being selfless.”
You can find complete information on the 5A Region II tournament, including schedule, opponent and ticket information here.
Go Frisco ISD!