PLAYER OF THE YEAR
By the numbers: Dowell was a scoring machine for the district champion Lady Panthers. The Oklahoma State commit rang up 56 goals and tallied 22 assists. In the playoffs, Dowell found the back of the net 14 times and added four assists. She had multiple goal games 17 times and in all five playoff contests. She totaled four goals on five occasions and three in seven other matches. Dowell was named TASCO second team all state.
Why do you love the game of soccer: I love to play soccer because I love to compete. As a kid, soccer was the sport I excelled at and I wanted to be like my older sister who played the game. I love the aspect of a team sport and the thrill of putting the ball in the back of the net, or playing the perfect through ball for a teammate. I love the creativity aspect of the game, there are no specific plays, it’s all on the player to perform and get the job done.
If you didn’t play soccer, what sport would you play: Basketball or run track.
Favorite movie: “Glory Road”
Dream vacation: My dream vacation would be backpacking around Europe. While there I would love to specifically go to Barcelona, Real Madrid, Dortmund and Manchester United’s Stadiums. Maybe even watch a game.
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
By the numbers: The freshman Dowell had 21 goals to go along with 20 assists. She managed four scores and eight assists in postseason. Dowell finished with multiple goals in five matches, including three goals three times. She had multiple assists in four contests, including a career-high four in Spring Hill’s bi-district win over Pittsburg. Dowell was also tabbed District Newcomer of the Year.
Why do you love the game of soccer: I love soccer because it is a way to help me loose and release my emotions. Every since I was little, I have always played soccer. No matter where we moved or went the one thing that remained constant was soccer. I could always count on it. Soccer is my favorite pastime and gotten me through a lot of difficult times.
If you didn’t play soccer, what sport would you play: I would probably run track, or play basketball.
Favorite movie: “The Sandlot”
Dream vacation: Going to Manchester, England and meeting the whole Manchester United team, and/or watching them play live.
COACH OF THE YEAR
By the numbers: Dowell led Spring Hill to its first district title in soccer and to the regional finals before bowing out to Melissa in a shootout. The Lady Panthers finished 19-3 in Dowell’s first year at the helm. They opened with a 9-0 shutout of Pittsburg, and topped Chapel Hill, 3-2. Spring Hill then topped Pleasant Grove 3-1 in regional quarterfinal play and took down defending state champion Midlothian Heritage 5-1 in the regional semis.
Why do you love the game of soccer: The creativity of the game! How is takes 11 people to be successful, and you can get to that success many different ways.
If you didn’t coach soccer, what would you do: Probably a hunting or fishing guide or outfitter. It’d be something to do with the outdoors.
Favorite movie: “Star Wars” (Original 3 movies)
Dream vacation: I have a bucket list of stadiums around the world that I would like to see games. That, or New Zealand hunting.
TEAM: Spring Hill
BY THE NUMBERS: Borens only surrendered nine goals all season in 18 games and just three in district play. She was voted the district’s top keeper and garnered Class 4A TASCO first team all state accolades
Spring Hill: Raygan Barnhill