Lady Longhorn soccer team members and first-year coach Amy Wilcox wrapped up the 2010 campaign in grand fashion with a celebratory awards banquet on Nov. 16.
During it Wilcox, for the first time, announced those players who had been selected to the all-region team in a voting of East coaches.
Liz Romberger was named to the first team and Tanya Olson and Natalie Black were chosen second team.
Macy Dailey and Taylor Rizza reaped honorable mention accolades.
In addition to naming the all-East athletes, Wilcox doled out accolades voted on by team members.
Tanya Olson received most valuable player on offense honors and Taylor Rizza was voted MVP on defense.
Perla Guereque was chosen the most inspirational player and most improved honors went to Claudia Hernandez.
On the junior varsity level, a team coached by Amy’s father Randy, Katelyn Cordell was chosen MVP on offense and MVP defensive honors went to Savannah Grassel.
Janelle Hauptman was tapped most inspirational and Aubrey Pond named the most improved junior varsity athlete.
For the Lady Horns, the 2010 season wrapped up Oct. 29 in Gilbert with a 2-0 loss to the powerful St. Johns Redskins in the opening round of the 1A, 2A, 3A state tournament.
Entering the state game, the Lady Horns were a huge underdog to the Skins, having lost to the team 7-1 a month earlier.
While the Skins in the regular-season clash scalped the Lady Horns, Payson was very much the equal of the region champions at state trailing only 1-0 and remaining in striking distance of a win almost all game long.
St. Johns did not score its second and insurance goal until one minute remained in the game.
“Our girls played extremely well,” Wilcox said after the tournament.