Tompkins soccer trio named all-region

Thirteen Katy soccer players earn TDS all-star bids

By Cole McNanna | Special to the Katy Times
Posted 8/9/20

A trio of Tompkins soccer players who earned all-district recognition for their spring seasons was also named to TopDrawerSoccer’s all-region team at the end of July.

The overall District …

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Tompkins soccer trio named all-region

Thirteen Katy soccer players earn TDS all-star bids

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A trio of Tompkins soccer players who earned all-district recognition for their spring seasons was also named to TopDrawerSoccer’s all-region team at the end of July.

The overall District 19-6A boys MVP and University of Memphis commit, Danny Espinoza, as well as overall District 19-6A girls MVP and Tyler Junior College commit Skylar Parker and the District 19-6A girls defensive MVP and Sam Houston State commit Avery Burchett all landed on the Texas-south all-region team which includes Austin, Houston, San Antonio and areas south of I-20.

Espinoza and Parker are both recent graduates but Burchett will return for her senior campaign next year to help lead the Falcons who will be in search of their third state tournament appearance in the last five years after this past spring was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.

With two games remaining against opponents who had yet to register a win in District 19-6A, the Tompkins girls’ soccer team finished the season with a 17-0-1 overall record and 9-0-1 mark in district play which may have been good enough to secure a second straight district championship.

Parker led the offensive attack with a 20-goal season and contributed eight assists as well while Burchett held down the defensive end and chipped in a pair of goals. The Falcons’ defense allowed five goals against for the season and never allowed an opponent to score multiple goals. After allowing a goal in the first game of the season, Tompkins went on a nine-game shutout streak which bled into the district slate.

On the boys’ side, Espinoza helped the Falcons to a third-place finish with a 7-3 record in district play. He needed only 16 games to lead the team in scoring, amassing 62 points including 23 goals and 16 assists to earn attention from plenty of schools at the next level.

Espinoza was also named to his second consecutive TDS winter state all-star team alongside teammates in junior defenseman Bryce Robisch, who took home District 19-6A defensive MVP honors, and junior goalkeeper Paulo Valente.

Also representing Katy ISD on the all-star team were recent graduates of Seven Lakes in Santiago Brignone, Juan Pablo Dominguez and Rodrigo Lazo as well as Cinco Ranch freshman Danny Vargas.

Four female soccer players from Katy joined Burchett and Parker on the state all-star team including Taylor’s junior goalkeeper Sydney Blanchard, a University of Texas at Dallas commit, and a pair from Seven Lakes in junior Paige Boucher and recent graduate Arianna Ghafari, who is committed to Baylor University. Tompkins midfielder Juliette Haro, who recently graduated and is committed to the University of Tulsa, rounded out Katy’s selections to the all-star team.

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