By DAVID CLAYBOURN
Two seniors who’ve helped the Greenville Lady Lions win back-to-back district soccer championships have signed letters of intent.
Maddy Crabtree signed with Texas Tech and Priscilla Carrillo pledged to Paris Junior College. Both forwards have been leading the Lady Lions in goals and assists and played key parts on Greenville’s District 19-4A championship teams in 2011 and 2012.
“I’m very, very proud,” said Lady Lions soccer coach Caree McKethan. “I’m excited for them. It’s a great opportunity. I think both of them will do fantastic. Both are extremely talented...and have amazing work ethics.”
Crabtree earned most valuable player honors for the district in each of the past two seasons and was one of the leading scorers in the Metroplex last season with 29 goals.
She’s played on club teams that won the 2010 and 2011 U.S. youth soccer national championships and was named the MVP of the 2011 national title game.
“Maddy is simply a goal scorer,” said Texas Tech coach Tom Stone. “She gets herself in all the right places and is fearless in and around the box. The magnitude of many of her goals as a youth player were very impressive and we hope to see the same from her once she gets into the Red and Black.”
“She’s a special, special player,” said Ryan Dunlevy, who coached Crabtree for the past two seasons before heading to Midland. “She has the work ethic to be successful in college. She’s got the right personality.”
Crabtree has also played point guard for two seasons in basketball, libero in volleyball and has run track and field. But soccer is her favorite sport.
“It’s my getaway,” she said.
Crabtree’s been playing soccer since the age of 3, starting with the Greenville YMCA program and has played for eight club teams in the Metroplex.
She said she plans on majoring in education or nursing.
Carrillo said she’s “pretty excited” about playing at Paris J.C. and plans on majoring in nursing.
“I’m going to miss home,” she said.
She leads the Lady Lions this season in scoring with nine goals as Crabtree’s been splitting time also with basketball. She’s also earned all-district honors in soccer.
“I think it’s a great decision that Chilla (Priscilla) is staying close to home,” said McKethan.
Carrillo is joining a Paris team that will be playing its second season after the college voted in February, 2012, to add soccer to its athletic programs.
Both Lady Lions will be expected to lead the team at home this evening as they entertain Mabank at about 7:15 p.m. following the 5:30 junior varsity contest.