PROSPER — The fairy tale run to state has ended for both the boys and girls soccer programs this season.


Both teams fell to Frisco Wakeland, with the boys losing in the opening round, 3-1, on March 30 and the girls missing a regional tournament berth after falling to the Lady Wolverines, 2-0, on April 6.


Both of Wakeland’s programs will be headed to the state tournament in Georgetown this weekend.


Despite their exit from the playoffs, the two Prosper teams both had a historic 2018 campaign.


The girls team secured their first ever 14-win district season in program history, defeating every team twice in District 14-5A.


The boys landed their first district championship in four years.


The teams’ efforts also earned them several awards from the District, including a sweep of Coach of the Year and District 14-5A’s Most Valuable Player.


“I think the awards just show how hard the guys worked every day,” head boys coach Ryan Rogers said. “Their dedication allowed them to achieve great things on the field and be recognized for that effort off of it.”


“I was glad the district recognized many of our players because, in my opinion, they were some of the best players in the district,” girls coach Rafael Flores added. “The coaching staff and players don’t take the awards for granted, and we enjoy celebrating each other’s accomplishments.”


On that list included seniors Kat Rogers and Xander Shelton, who were named MVP. Lake Dallas forward Blake Henson shared MVP honors with Shelton.


Freshman Kaitlyn Giametta was named Co-Offensive MVP for the girls, sharing the title with Little Elm’s Landri Townsend.


Prosper was awarded two Defensive MVP awards, one to sophomore Lauren Lapomarda, and the other to junior Cade York. Spencer Magalhaees was also selected for the award.


A total of 33 soccer players were picked for the all-district teams — 15 girls and 18 boys.


“The awards are a testament to the hard work the girls put in throughout the year,” Flores said. “The players who were recognized by the district definitely understand that a lot of the credit goes to their teammates.”


Capping off the awards were the coaches themselves. Both Rogers and Flores were named District 14-5A’s Coach of the Year. This is Flores’ second consecutive Coach of the Year Award, and Rogers first time winning the award in 5A competition.


Their leadership has helped build Prosper soccer into the successful program it is today.


“The coach of the year award was flattering, but like I said before, it’s more of a team award,” Flores said. “I am where I am today because I have been blessed with incredible kids with amazing soccer talent and even better character.”


“I try to help the team be successful by setting high standards for the guys and letting them know that I am there to support them however possible,” Rogers also added.


The program will lose a total of 19 seniors, 14 of which come from the boys side.


Rogers is confident, however, that the program is in good hands.


“Our young players have a bright future ahead of them. Hopefully this varsity experience will keep them hungry to continue improving and wanting to continue to be successful.”


Flores, too returns a strong team of experienced varsity players.


The preparations 2019 season will begin later this year, but for now, the teams are happy to celebrate the many successes of this year’s season.


“The culture created by former players and carried on by current players is what drives the program,” Flores said. “That’s been the recipe for the success the program has had over the past years. It’s been built on the backs of the hard working former and current players. It’s their program, and they understand they have to leave it better than they found it.”


In addition to the awards for their playing abilities, the teams raked in the academic awards as well; 32 players were named to the academic all-district team, including all five of the Lady Eagle graduating seniors.


Girls


First team


Lauren Miller, sophomore


Reese Cross, sophomore


Maycie McDougal, senior


Cameron Larsen, senior


Kristin Knipe, senior


Peyton Jefferson, senior


Second team


Natalie Smathers, freshman


Caroline Havard, sophomore


Julianna Robinette, sophomore


Sage DaCosta, junior


Carlie Massingale, junior


Haley Courville, junior


Honorable mention


Haley Foley, junior


Sydney Crowe, junior


Alexis Sciano, junior


Boys


First team


Alex Vartabedian, sophomore


Cade York, junior


Xander Shelton, senior


Chris Nayler-Gress, senior


Andrew Crawford, senior


Ivan Flores, senior


Second team


Kason Mullins, junior


Cole Fedorczyk, senior


Cash Varner, senior


Noah Martinez, senior


Joe Vannette, senior


Sergio Hurtado, senior


Honorable mention


Jack Simonini, sophomore


Landson Shelton, sophomore


Ire Olusa, junior


Dylan Johnson, senior


James Foster, senior


Talon Timmermans, senior


Academic all-district


Girls


Ella Johansen, freshman


Kaitlyn Giametta, freshman


Lauren Lapomarda, sophomore


Lauren Miller, sophomore


Hadley Williams, junior


Rachel Bailey, junior


Sydney Crowe, junior


Sage DaCosta, junior


Haley Foley, junior


Sarah Heagy, junior


Katie Holland, junior


Alexis Sciano, junior


Cassidy Smith, junior


Megan Williams, junior


Genevieve Woffard, junior


Hayleigh Young, junior


Peyton Jefferson, senior


Kristin Knipe, senior


Cameron Larsen, senior


Maycie McDougal, senior


Kat Rogers, senior


Boys


Alex Vartabedian, sophomore


Eli Zavala, sophomore


Brycen Drew, sophomore


Eric Rodriguez, junior


Kason Mullins, junior


Cade York, junior


Cole Fedorczyk, senior


Andrew Crawford, senior


Chris Nayler-Gress, senior


Cash Varner, senior