Written by Corbett Smith
Finally healthy, Frisco Wakeland boys soccer team advances past Heritage
FRISCO — Saddled by injuries on his roster all season, Frisco Wakeland boys soccer coach Rusty Oglesby said that Friday’s playoff game was just the second time he’s seen his starting 11 take the field. Wakeland picked a good time to get healthy.
In a feisty match against District 18-4A champ Frisco Heritage, third-place Wakeland got a penalty kick rebound goal from Jared Miller in the first half and a set-piece header by Seth Elliott in the second half for a 2-0 win in the 4A Region II sectional round.
Wakeland, which won a Class 4A title in 2010, is one win away from next weekend’s regional tournament in Carrollton.
“We just haven’t had our true starting lineup on the field that we wanted to have,” Oglesby said. “We finally had it the other night against [Carrollton] Newman Smith and started finding some rhythm.”
In the 26th minute, Wakeland midfielder Tristan Honaker was knocked down right at the corner of the 18-yard box. After a conference between the referee and the linesman, a penalty kick was awarded. Corey Cantor’s penalty kick was saved by Heritage keeper Joseph Weber, but the rebound rolled right to Miller, who pounced on the chance for a 1-0 lead.
A minute into the second half, Elliott flicked in a looping 30-yard free kick from Daniel Fernandez.
Heritage (21-4-1) had three good free kick chances by Cort Searls and Alfredo Kaegi in the second half, but they were blocked by Wakeland’s back line or swallowed up by freshman keeper Ben Hale.
With six minutes remaining, Heritage’s best chance came when a free kick from Searls fell to Jerome Tee in the box. His shot sailed over the crossbar.
Wakeland (17-7-4) will face Molina in the regional quarterfinals either Monday or Tuesday.
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