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5A Region II soccer: McKinney Boyd boys state bound; Plano West girls will try for three-peat
AUSTIN — Two-time defending Class 5A girls state champion Plano West is going to have a chance at a three-peat at the UIL soccer state tournament after knocking off District 10-5A rival McKinney, 1-0, in Saturday’s Region II title game.
Freshman Abby Grace Cooper scored the game-winning goal with 28 minutes, 41 seconds remaining. Cooper collected a pass off a throw-in by Kelsey Regan, took three dribbles, and then unloaded a curling shot from the top of the penalty box that beat McKinney goalie Madelynn Schober.
“I knew that we needed to be shooting because we only had a certain amount of minutes left,” Cooper said. “So I just fired it and it happened to go right where I wanted it to.”
While Cooper’s blast was the only goal, Plano West (19-2-4) controlled possession for most of the game and finished with a 14-3 advantage in shots. The Lady Wolves were even more dominant in the second half with the wind at their back.
McKinney (12-6-6) didn’t have a shot on goal, and Plano West held the ball on the offensive side of the field for much of the final 40 minutes.
“We’re just so excited,” Plano West coach Allie Rogosheske said. “It was a great team effort, and it was just phenomenal to meet another district opponent, McKinney. … I’m glad our freshman could step up and take a phenomenal shot.”
McKinney Boyd 3, Lake Highlands 1: Pablo Jaimes, Kyle Bennett and Braedan Andrews scored as McKinney Boyd won the 5A Region II championship game and advanced to the state tournament for the first time in program history. Boyd (15-4-6) will play in the 5A semifinals Thursday at Birkelbach Field in Georgetown.
Jaimes gave the Mustangs a 1-0 lead 12 minutes, 4 seconds into the game on a shot from eight yards out. Bennett doubled the lead 11 minutes later.
Trey Marchino made a sharp run down the right side of the field and got past the Lake Highlands defense. The freshman then crossed a hard pass over to Bennett, who easily scored.
“We preach insurance,” Boyd coach Casey Osborn said. “Because sometimes bad things happen in the flow. That [second goal] was huge for our mental side of the game. It allowed us to do what we needed to do.”
Boyd had the heavy wind at its back in the second half and added another insurance goal with 32 minutes, 35 seconds remaining. A long throw-in skipped past a Lake Highlands defender, and Andrews scored after making a hard run to the back post.
Roberto Lopez scored on a header with 15 minutes remaining for Lake Highlands (22-2-4), finishing a cross by Wes Osborn.