LSV Girls Soccer Player of the Year
More than a year ago, Monterey’s Ariel Diaz never expected to endure the ups and down life provided her during her final soccer season.
Diaz, a speedy forward for the Lady Plainsmen, cracked a smile when she recalled one of her first moments of the season – twisting her ankle and getting carted off the field in the first half of a match against Lubbock-Cooper during the Lubbock Invitational in January.
Despite the pain, Diaz simply told the trainer to “wrap up the ankle” before she returned to the field and scored two goals as Monterey defeated the Lady Pirates 9-0. It’s that grit and resilience which not only defined Diaz’s final soccer campaign but also permeated into her teammates.
That’s big reason why Diaz was selected at the Lone Star Varsity Girls Soccer Player of the Year.
The Division I prospect, who signed with the University of North Texas, ended her senior campaign with a District 4-5A leading 58 goals and 38 assists. She also helped guide the Lady Plainsmen to the Region I-5A final – the program’s farthest postseason run.
“I feel like I became a better person from when I started my freshman year all the way to my senior year,” said Diaz, who was named a team captain and the District 4-5A MVP. “Playing with the girls made me a better player, teammate and person off the field.
LSV Boys Soccer Player of the Year
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