It was hard to sift through a talented roster of a state championship team to find a “most valuable” part of the Guyer Lady Wildcats’ soccer team that beat a juggernaut to claim the Class 4A state championship and the first state title in a girls sport.
But the choice was still fairly obvious for the Denton Record-Chronicle’s spring sports MVP.
Hannah Alspach, Guyer’s versatile junior midfielder/forward, was a team captain for the Lady Wildcats and did it all for the state champions, especially when the lights shined brightest — in the postseason.
Alspach, who is orally committed to Auburn, went on a tear once the postseason started, scoring eight goals and dishing out nine assists for the Lady Wildcats en route to a 2-1 victory over defending state champion Highland Park in April’s state championship game. In that game, Alspach was in on both of Guyer’s goals with an assist in the game’s opening minutes and a goal later to seal the victory.
Coupled with dynamic goal-scorer Brittany Crabtree, Alspach formed a unstoppable duo at the top of the Lady Wildcats’ formation. Alspach’s versatility allowed head coach Kenny Blevins to move her all around the formation and keep opponents on their heels, as she played forward, outside midfield and even center midfield at some points during the postseason.
“People would man-mark me and Brittany, and people would get confused if he moved me around the field,” Alspach said. “I just do whatever needs to be done and work my hardest for them [my teammates]. I know they do whatever they can for me, and I do whatever I can for them.”
Over the course of the entire season, Alspach was equally diverse and a consumate team player as she was second on the team in goals behind Crabtree with 24 and led the team with 18 assists to earn a first-team selection on the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches all-state team.
With one year remaining at Guyer, Alspach and her teammates will be on a small list of favorites to claim the state championship in 2014, and Alspach said she is ready for the challenge as the Lady Wildcats lost only one senior starter to graduation.
“It’s really exciting to think about,” Alspach said. “I hope we do as great as we did this year. We’re only losing one senior starter and [Trophy Club] Byron Nelson and Highland Park are losing some of their best players. I think we have a really good chance of doing it again.
“The guy that made the [state championship] rings said he’d love to have another team to do back-to-back rings for, so that’d be nice if we could do that.”
ADAM BOEDEKER can be reached at 940-566-6872 and via Twitter at @aboedeker.