WAXAHACHIE — For the first time in program history, the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches named a Waxahachie Indian soccer player to its all-state team.
And then a second.
And also one defender to the all-region team, to boot.
Seniors Tyson Beechum and Kade Tomlinson recently received notification of their placement on the TASCO All-State teams after stellar Waxahachie soccer careers. Junior defender Edgar Nava was also rewarded for his often-unsung efforts leading the top defensive unit in District 10-5A with a TASCO All-Region nod.
While the season ended abruptly in a 5A Bi-District Championship loss to Cleburne, (16-2-4) Waxahachie claimed its first district championship and first regular season tournament championship in the program's history. The Tribe also set a new program high with 13 consecutive matches without a loss.
Those accolades culminated in several Indian players receiving District 10-5A superlatives, which included Waxahachie head coach Seth Riley being named the District 10-5A Coach of the Year.
Tyson Beechum - 2nd team TASCO All-State Forward
Beechum scored nine goals in each of his junior and senior seasons with four assists over the two years. He has already committed to play soccer at University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Beechum received first team all-district nods each of his last two seasons.
Kade Tomlinson - TASCO All-State Honorable Mention
Tomlinson moved into goal during his junior season and proved more than capable, as he allowed multiple goals in just two games throughout his senior campaign.
In his junior season, Tomlinson recorded seven shutouts in 15.5 games with 13 goals allowed (0.84 goals-against average).
Then, in his senior year, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor-commit recorded 11 shutouts in 21 games with 10 goals allowed for an impressive 0.49 goals-against average.
Edgar Nava - 2nd team TASCO All-Region Defender
Already a two-time District 10-5A Defensive MVP, Nava was named to the TASCO All-Region defensive team for his work leading an Indian defensive unit that allowed just 90 shots on goal in 21 games this season.
The junior has also scored 14 goals over his last two seasons in Waxahachie green, with 10 coming during his sophomore season.
"As the year comes to a close, we would like to sincerely thank all of you that have contributed to developing not only the sport of soccer in Texas but also each and every player that you coach," reads a statement released by the TASCO Board of Directors. "We are proud to serve you as members of the TASCO Board of Directors, and if there is anything we can ever do for you or your athletes, please let us know."
Registration is still open for the annual Waxahachie Indian soccer summer camp held at the Waxahachie Sports Complex. This year, the event will take place Monday, June 5-8 with students entering grades 1-7 costing $60 for the 9—11 a.m. session and grades 8-9 costing $75 for the 9—11:30 a.m. session. There is a $5 discount for two or more siblings and $10 off for a team of six or more. Those who want a camp T-shirt need to register by May 24. For more information, visit the Waxahachie Indian soccer Facebook page, "WHS Men's Soccer" or text @NDNSoccer to 81010.
Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith