Plano East’s Haris Gusic and Blair Zepeda were among the top players in District 6-6A soccer this past season.
They were rewarded for that, with Gusic being named the Defensive Player of the Year and Zepeda was the co-Goalkeeper of the Year.
He shared the honor with Wylie’s Skylar Forman.
Gusic was also named Class 6A Region II honorable mention as a defender by the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches.
Named to the 6-6A first-team from Plano East were Cameron Bush, Fabian Mendez, Edgar Sanchez, Jacob Stuewe and Chris Del Cid.
Luis Sahmkow, Marin Budic, Keenan Peterson, James Stautler and William Torres were picked for the second-team.
Earning honorable mentions were Omar Romero and Andreu Sanchez.
Plano East overcame injuries and sickness to finish with a record of 11-7-3 and was runner-up to state and nationally ranked McKinney Boyd.
The Panthers playoff run was cut short in bi-district with a 2-1 loss to Flower Mound.
The Jaguars pulled out the win after Noah Kubala was good on a penalty kick with no time left on the clock at Ron Poe Stadium in McKinney.
The game-deciding goal came at the 80-minute mark in the second half. Each half is 40 minutes long.
Plano East got on the board first in the opening half when a Flower Mound Jaguar headed in a ball thrown in by Panther Bush.
Panther Stautler would end up being awarded the point for his team.
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