The teams in District 28-4A feared Corsicana and Coach Stan Jones heard the same tune over and over from opposing coaches who just didn't want to play his Tigers.
“They know we play physical and we don't quit,'' Jones said.
That tough and gutsy style of play sent both the boys and girls teams into the playoffs and on Thursday the Tigers were rewarded again for their fine seasons as two boys won special honors, four boys were named to the All-District first team and two girls earned first-team honors.
Michael Roman, who did a little of everything — and did it well — was named the District 28-4A Utility Player of the Year, and sophomore defender Jesus Barreto was named the district's Newcomer of the Year.
Roman, one of only three seniors on the team, scored 17 goals and had nine assists and was especially tough down the stretch for the Tigers, who forced a tie for first-place in the district with a late push. They were co-district champs with Red Oak. They lost in the second round of the playoffs to powerhouse North Dallas, which edged Corsicana 1-0 in overtime.
Four boys were named to the first-team: Gio Amador, a junior midfielder, Juan Rojas, a junior defender, Allen Bernal, a senior midfielder and Miguel Hernandez, a sophomore forward.
Ryan Condley, a senior defender, Joe Castillo, a junior midfielder, Laine Hildebrand, a senior goalkeeper, and Christian Castro, a sophomore forward, all made the second team.
Juniors Connor Alonzo and Angel Oreo and sophomore Orlando Zuniga were on the district's honorable mention list.
The Corsicana girls had a dramatic and emotional 2-1 win against Dallas Woodrow Wilson in the area round of the playoffs and advanced to the third round, where they lost a tough 3-0 game to powerhouse Waxahachie in a match that was close to the end. Jones said it was his team's best defensive game of the season.
Jenny Garcia, a senior midfielder who was a leader all year, and Alex Bland, a senior defender who was the anchor to Corsicana's rock-touch defense, were both named to the first-team.
Four girls made the second team. Senior goalkeeper Cindy Turrubriates, who had the game of her life against Woodrow Wilson, Elizabeth Castaneda, a senior forward who led the Tigers with 18 goals, including two in the playoffs, Makenzie Taylor, a four-year starter at forward and team leader, and Marisol Miranda, the captain of the team and a force at midfield, were all named to the second team.
Seniors Erika Salazar and Mikayla Garcia and freshman Helen Hibbs were named to the honorable mention list.