Written by Corbett Smith
Wakeland girls take their turn, win 4A soccer title with 2-1 win
GEORGETOWN, Texas — Last year, Frisco Wakeland’s girls soccer team went to the state tournament in Georgetown.
The players sat in the stands watching Wakeland’s boys team win the Class 4A title.
Saturday, it was the girls’ turn.
Wakeland opened each half with an early goal, on shots by Katey Carmichael and Ashley Kingston, winning its first girls state championship with a 2-1 victory over Cedar Park Vista Ridge in the 4A final.
“We knew when we came in that this was our year and our time,” senior defender Ashley Vega said. “The boys winning last year was an inspiration for us.”
In each of the last two seasons, Wakeland (25-2-1) lost to eventual champion Richardson Pearce in the Region II bracket. This time, Wakeland kept winning, gaining momentum and belief as its playoff run continued.
“It’s been just like a dream,” Carmichael said. “Coming to regionals, I think it came to us that we had potential to win the whole thing.”
In the fourth minute, Carmichael — named the game’s MVP — scored off a through ball from Jennifer Perry on Wakeland’s first shot on goal.
“When you can get a goal that early in a match, it does two things. It motivates your team and really makes the other team get their heads down for a second,” Wakeland coach Meagan Wilson said.
In the 43rd minute, Wakeland took a 2-0 lead. A cross was knocked down by the Vista Ridge defense, but a clearing attempt hit Vista Ridge’s Brooke Dunnigan in the face and the ball bounced back near the 6-yard box. Kingston took the gift, putting it high into the back of the net.
The goal seemed to awaken Vista Ridge (27-4-3).
“That kind of fired them up,” Wilson said. “They started high-pressuring us for 10 minutes there.”
With four minutes left, Vista Ridge closed the deficit to one, as Maegan Evans scored from 10 yards after a series of passes from Ashley Lee and Kennedy Brown.
It was the only goal Wakeland’s defense, led by goalkeeper Brittanie Barbero, allowed in the playoffs.