Mexico’s Lopez named girls soccer all-state academic

By Jeremy Jacob, Sports Editor

Estrella Lopez served in an important part for Mexico girls soccer as a midfielder and defender.

Academics proved to be important to the senior Lopez as she was selected as part of the small school (Classes 1-2) state all-academic team. She was one of 32 small-school players to make the list.

The requirements to make the academic team are as follows:

“The Missouri Soccer Academic Team is a highly select group of seniors from all four classes who have excelled both on the field and in the classroom during their high school careers. Nominees are first screened for soccer excellence based on information provided by their coach of their playing success and other contributions to the team. Players that meet the criteria for soccer excellence are then evaluated academically using a combination of their GPA and ACT score (GPA x ACT). Players must also participate in more than two additional extra-curricular activities in order to be considered.”

Lopez also played tennis and was part of the clubs French club, National Honors Society and National Technical Honors Society. She plans to start college in spring 2024 at the University of Missouri-Kansas City to major in biology and minor in business following spending time with the National Guard Army.