Carly Wyatt returned for her senior season to play for her Robert E. Lee High School Lady Raiders.

And it was a soccer season to remember.

Wyatt, who played for Lee as a freshman and the following two years for the FC Dallas Development Academy, broke the Tyler Lee record with 42 goals her senior year.

The Alabama signee was rewarded for her efforts by being selected as the District 11-6A Most Valuable Player as well as the Tyler Morning Telegraph/Tyler All-East Texas Girls Soccer Team Player of the Year.

Wyatt chose Alabama over Texas, Texas A&M and other Division I programs.

“They’re getting a great product,” said Lee head girls soccer coach Chris Woodard, who was named Coach of the Year. “She’s spent a lot of hours working on her skill level. She’s a great finisher with a nose for the goal. She brings several factors people are looking for in a goal scorer, and I think she will have a great career there.”

On Senior Night (March 19), Wyatt scored four goals as Woodard registered his 400th career win.

Woodard led the Lady Raiders to the District 11-6A title and three rounds deep into the playoffs.

Two Longview Spring Hill standouts earned honors — senior Macy Borens was Goalkeeper of the Year and freshman Jayme Dowell was the Newcomer of the Year.

Nominations were taken from coaches and from the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches.

All-East Texas

Girls Soccer Team

Player of the Year — Carly Wyatt, senior, Tyler Lee

Goalkeeper of the Year — Macy Borens, senior, Longview Spring Hill

Newcomer of the Year — Jayme Dowell, freshman, Longview Spring Hill

Coach of the Year — Chris Woodard, Tyler Lee

First Team

Kelsy Traylor, junior goalkeeper, Jacksonville

Elizabeth Walker, senior defender, Tyler All Saints

Yanelia Casas, senior defender, Palestine

Kaileigh Minehart, senior defender, Tyler Lee

Meghan Romines, senior midfielder, Tyler Lee

Maritza Montoya, senior midfielder, John Tyler

Elise Pritchard, senior midfielder, Tyler Bishop Gorman

Irasel Pacheco, senior forward, Tyler Lee

Jaylen Wheat, senior forward, Tyler All Saints

Hannah Meyer, sophomore forward, Tyler Grace Community

Emma Taylor, sophomore forward, Kilgore

Second Team

Alicia Gurrusquieta, junior goalkeeper, Whitehouse

Abby Tillson, senior defender, Tyler Lee

Morgan Carpenter, senior defender, Bullard Brook Hill

Brandi Diaz, junior defender, Jacksonville

Yabeku Casas, senior defender, Palestine

Kelsey Romero, senior midfielder, Tyler Lee

Olyvia Dowell, senior midfielder, Longview Spring Hill

Hope Sabella, junior forward, Tyler All Saints

Alana Roberts, sophomore forward, Grace Community

Avery Moss, freshman forward, Bullard Brook Hill

Brooke Morris, senior forward, Whitehouse

Honorable Mention

All Saints — Tate Elfarr, freshman midfielder; Sophie Harbold, junior midfielder; Heather Hall, freshman defender; Arielle Adelman, sophomore goalkeeper.

Bishop Gorman — Merritt Dial, freshman forward; Maria Danly, junior defender.

Bullard — Jacelyn Cowart.

Bullard Brook Hill — Hallie Foster, sophomore midfielder; Madeline Reed, senior goalkeeper.

Chapel Hill — Madison Clark, sophomore goalkeeper; Marysol Castro, junior forward; Mary Wages, senior defender; Blessing Rodriguez, junior forward.

Cumberland Academy — Jacqueline Mendoza.

Grace Community — Addyson Campbell, freshman midfielder; Sierra Benner, senior defender; Julia Bejcek, senior defender.

Hallsville — Lauren Battles, senior defender; Madalyn Floyd, senior midfielder; Evan Hampton, senior forward.

Henderson — Lizmar Cibrian, senior forward.

Jacksonville — Amy Moreyra, junior defender.

Kilgore — Sarah Loomis, junior goalkeeper; Ashley Castillo, senior defender; Maria Whitaker, sophomore defender.

Longview — Anna Ward, senior midfielder; Allison Howe, senior defender; Camryn Jacobs, sophomore forward.

Longview Spring Hill — Raygan Barnhill, senior defender.

Lufkin Hudson — Kimberly Penick, junior goalkeeper; Morgan McCarty, senior midfielder; Jocelyn Gonzalez, junior forward.

Palestine — Salma Ruiz, senior midfielder; Melissa Giron, junior midfielder; Isabel Garcia, senior forward.

Tyler Lee — Maddie Bice, Emma Kennedy, Lexi Thedford, Brook Heisey.

Whitehouse — Jenna Leihgeber, senior; Lauren Tipton, senior.


Sports Editor

I am a native Tylerite and I grew up reading the Tyler Morning Telegraph and The Tyler Courier-Times. My parents took both the morning and afternoon papers. I came to work here 35 years ago at the age of 23, right after college.

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