For the first time in the young history of Crossett High School soccer, two players were named all state and six were named to the all-conference first team.
Anna Hammonds, senior goalie for the CHS girls team, was selected as an all-state player and Dwight Ashford, sophomore goalie for the boys team, was selected as an all-state player. Both goalies were also selected for the all-conference first team along with teammates Kristen Parks, a freshman forward on the girls team, and Melvin Cendejas, Daniel Lemus and Chris Brisby on the boys team. Cendejas and Lemus both play forward and Brisby is a defender. Lemus will graduate this year, but the other players will return for next season.
The girls and boys team both also had players chosen for the second team as well.
On the girls team, Desiree Sivek, a junior, and Alexis Amerson, a sopohomore forward were chosen for the all-coference second team.
On the boys team, Ty Washington, a junior midfielder, and Jayden Williams, a freshman midfielder, were both chosen for all-conference second team as well.
The athletes will be recorded as the first CHS soccer athletes to ever be selected and recognized post season.
The CHS soccer team wrapped up their season with two games at home last week.
The boys lost 6-2 in the game against Warren on Wednesday, but lost a heartbreaker to Little Rock Mills in overtime on Thursday.
Coach Chuck Rawlings said the game was tied one all at the end of regulation and the teams went into a shootout. The Eagles lost 4-3 in the shootout making the final score 5-4.
“It was a tough one to lose, I wish we would have won, but I’m proud of how they played,” Rawlings said.
The girls team also showed improvement and Rawlings said he is proud of how their season ended as well.
The girls faced Warren on Wednesday night and though they lost 3-0, Rawlings said that they played better than they have all season. The CHS girls technically held Warren to only two goals, as one of the three goals that Warren made was a penalty kick.
“Warren is the best team in the conference, and probably the state, and for us to only lose by three, that’s really something,” Rawlings said.
This is only the second season for CHS to have a soccer program and the first year for the school to be included in the conference play.
Rawlings said he plans to be back next year and hopes to continue building the program.