It is awards season here at VYPE!
We welcome you to the Countdown to the 2021 VYPE Awards presented by Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. Over the next two weeks, we will be unveiling the finalists for the player of the year awards. Team and Coach of the Year awards will be announced LIVE during the Fourth Annual VYPE Awards.
The winners will be honored in a one-hour virtual show on Sunday, June 27 at 6 p.m. on VYPE Houston's website, Twitter account and on the VYPE Texas Facebook page and YouTube Channel! It will be an event to get dressed up for and to tune in to as it will be an evening full of special moments!
Let us get it started! Here are the finalists for Private School Women's Soccer Player of the Year!
PLAYER OF THE YEAR FINALIST: Sara Price, St. Agnes Academy
Sara Price has been leading St. Agnes for a few years now and helped lead the Tigers to the state finals. She is one of the most lethal scorers in the state of Texas.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR FINALIST: Margo Matula, St. Pius X
The Texas A&M future star Margo Matula was an all-state soccer star for the St. Pius X the past year years. She will be a star in Aggieland.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR FINALIST: Lindsay Worthington, The Woodlands Christian Academy
The 2020-21 season for The Woodlands Christian Academy girls soccer coach Paige Riley, was also one to remember.
The Warriors were undefeated District 5 champions, posting 10 shutouts in 14 games. TWCA scored 96 goals and allowed just six.
TWCA lost in the second round of the postseason in eight rounds of penalty kicks, but the Warriors will be back. They only graduate two seniors and had six underclassmen on the roster.
Junior Lindsay Worthington was the team's MVP with 29 goals and seven assists in district play. She was named first-team, all-district.
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VYPE: How long have you been playing soccer and how did you get your start?
GHONDA: I've been playing soccer since I was three years old, and my parents were the ones who got me into it. They made me play a lot of sports when I was younger like tennis and basketball, but soccer was the only one I really stuck with.
VYPE: Who's your favorite soccer team?
GHONDA: I love watching PSG. I like Antoinette Katoto because she plays similarly to the way I would like to play.
VYPE: Go-to pregame meal? Routine?
GHONDA: I never really get nervous before my games. I'm usually pretty excited because playing is the part I love the most about soccer. I make sure to get a good night's sleep and eat something light and easy to digest about two hours before. Then before I leave I go pass against the wall to really get in the zone. On the way to the game, I'm usually quiet and listen to music to focus.
VYPE: Off the field, what is your favorite thing to do?
GHONDA: Between school, club soccer, high-school soccer, and training, I don't have a lot of free time. When I do, I like to go thrifting with my friends.
VYPE: In all of your years of soccer, what is the one memory you'll never forget?
GHONDA: In 2019, we were the underdogs for the ECNL champions league in San Diego. We played against a tough team and we didn't think we were going to win. We were losing 1-0 for the majority of the game. At the very last minute, one of our defenders cleared the ball to the right forward who hit it with her hip and gave me the opportunity for a fast break. I ran 40 yards then hit the ball from a wide-angle at the top box. I don't remember thinking about the shot, but I remember the sound of the shot as it hit the net and I knew it was in. I also got smothered by teammates for bringing us to the national quarterfinals.
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