PRYOR, OK —
Pryor seniors Jaclyn True and Ryan Pettus were named to the Oklahoma Soccer Coaches Association East All-State squads last week, and seven more Tigers and Lady Tigers made their respective all-district teams.
“Jaclyn's athleticism allowed her to compete well for us. She was a steady player for four years for us. She is a quiet leader that always played hard,” Pryor boys and girls head coach Kirk Emerine said.
Pettus started his entire Tiger career. Pettus moved to left midfield this season after playing his first three years at left back.
“His ability to serve a ball left-footed will be missed,” Emerine said. “One thing we always knew about Ryan, he was going to play hard and was determined to win, that is his competitive nature.”
A pair of Lady Tiger juniors, Sarah Due and Karissa Aubrey, were named to the 5A-3 All-District teams for the second time in their careers.
Due is “the type of player that will do what is asked of her,” Emerine said. “I have coached her since she was nine and she has played every position on my teams — goalkeeper, defense, midfield and forward.”
Aubrey, who was named the team captain before the season, led the team in scoring this year, with eight goals in 10 games. “Karissa is an aggressive competitor. Karissa lives and breathes soccer, and it shows on the field.”
Aubrey also had three assists, tying her for the team lead in assists with Taylor Emerine, a sophomore who was named to her first all-district team.
Junior Savana Thomas and sophomore Tiffany Frailey were selected to their first all-district squads, as was honorable mention Hannah Bryan.
“Hannah had a torn ACL her freshman and sophomore years, and for her to come back from two knee surgeries and have the kind of year she had is incredible,” Emerine said. Bryan was tied for second on the team with three goals.
Junior captain Corey Horton, who netted five goals this season in 10 games and a dozen last season, was chosen for his second-consecutive all-district selection.
“Corey's speed allows him to do many good things,” Emerine said. “He will be relied on as a senior to provide not only goals, but leadership as well. His leadership nature shows on the field as he is consistently one of the hardest workers.”
This year's all-state games will be 6 p.m. (girls) and 8 p.m. (boys) June 14 at Newcastle High School.