By Shawn Hein
Cynthia Armas made good on a promise to her mother.
Upon attending an Owasso soccer camp nearly a decade ago, Armas glanced at a wall that listed the Rams All-State players and proclaimed, “One day my name is going to be up there.”
The recent Ram graduate will indeed join that prestigious group. Armas and Faith Lewis will both suit up for the Class 6A East squad Thursday as part of the Oklahoma Soccer Coaches Association 31st annual All-State matches at Moore High School.
The 6A girls game begins at 6 p.m.
Armas tallied nine goals and three assists from her forward spot this spring. Owasso coach Sam Bowers, who will coach the East squad, said the difference Armas made was noticeable.
“She didn’t play most her junior year (with an ACL tear) and that completely changed our season,” said Bowers, who guided the Rams to a 15-2 record.
Like Armas, Lewis was a four-year varsity member. She finished with six goals and five assists from her midfielder position.
“She does all the dirty work in the middle,” Bowers said. “Without kids like Faith, you wouldn’t have a chance.”
Lewis, who will continue her soccer career at Benedictine (Kansas) University, was part of some successful Ram squads, including the 2016 state finalists. But some of her fondest Owasso memories came off the field.
“All the team bonding we did and just being together,” Lewis said. “The Stillwater tournament was so fun being in the hotel with all the girls.”
Bowers will make his fourth appearance as a coach in the All-State game, but the first as a head coach since 2003.
Rams assistant coach Stephen Miller will join Bowers on the sidelines.
“I’m really luck with the group of kids I get to coach,” Bowers said. “It’s an honor.”
Johnson set for final time on the pitch
Christian Johnson’s start to his high school soccer is something he’ll never forget.
As a freshman in 2016, Johnson first stepped on the varsity field against Bartlesville. He would go on to score a pair of goals, the first tied the match and the second was golden goal, as Johnson helped his Ram teammates rally for a memorable victory.
“I was the only freshman and everybody on the team put aside what they were on the team and everybody was celebrating,” said Johnson, who was selected to play in the 6A All-State game Thursday, following the girls contest.
Johnson was the team’s leading goal scorer during his first three years. As a senior, Johnson made the move from forward to outside back. Johnson had played defense on his WSA club team and enjoyed the change.
“I never really thought I would play it at the beginning of the season,” Johnson said. “But coach came to me and thought it would be the best thing for our team. I actually enjoyed it. I like playing forward but I’m a physical player so I liked it. You can get away with more.”
Collinsville duo named to 5A game
Following an historic run to the postseason, Collinsville midfielder Patricia Conteras and coach Justin Schubert will be part of the 5A East Girls All-State team, which will play at 6 p.m. Friday at Moore.
The Cardinals finished last season with an 11-5 record and a spot in the playoffs.