The Colleyville Heritage girls soccer team advanced to the area round of the postseason this year before losing to Byron Nelson, and a big part of the reason why was the offensive contributions from a stalwart who has proven herself time and again.
Shine Pickler stormed onto the scene two years ago for the Lady Panthers and proved to be an offensive force from almost the outset.
The second leading scorer for Colleyville Heritage her freshman season, Pickler was named to the all-district first team and selected the Newcomer of the Year.
Not much has changed in the two years since, and the Colleyville Heritage junior was named to the all-district first team this season.
Coach Misail Tsapos said that her contributions to the team, especially on the offensive side of things, have been phenomenal.
“She is probably one of the best athletes on the team,” Tsapos said. “She can run as fast as anybody. She can jump very, very high. She's a left footed player, and can push the ball down the line and really get some good nice crosses into the box for us.”
Pickler is an outside midfielder for the Lady Panthers, or what Tsapos refers to as a “wide left player,” and Tsapos said that there are a couple of areas he would like for her to work on during the offseason.
“Technically, she needs to improve her first touch, and then reading the game would be important, I would think,” Tsapos said.
Colleyville Heritage finished third overall in the District 7-6A standings last season with a district record of 6-4-2 on the season.
Meanwhile, Tsapos will not be returning after this season.
The Lady Panthers made the playoffs every season during his nine-year tenure at Colleyville Heritage, including a trip to state back in the 2010-2011 season.