Written by Corbett Smith
Highland Park girls take 3-0 4A Region II area soccer victory over Frisco
Hyde’s goal propels HP; backup goalie continues strong play
CARROLLTON — Highland Park needed a spark, and it came from a freshman and a reserve goalkeeper.
With a stiff south breeze at her back, freshman right midfielder Hope Hyde scored on a shot from 30 yards out, igniting the defending Class 4A soccer state champion to a 3-0 win over Frisco in the 4A Region II area round playoffs.
Hyde’s 13th goal of the season came at an opportune time for Highland Park (20-0-5), unbeaten in 44 straight games.
For the first 20 minutes, it looked as if Frisco (17-5-2) was the defending champ — holding possession on the attack, applying pressure with forwards Maddie Barnes and Kailee Hervey and harassing Highland Park keeper Ginna Vick.
Vick, a senior substitute for starter Sarah Howley, was up to the challenge. In her seventh straight start, the only starts of her varsity career, Vick made two key first-half saves. In the 20th minute, she stopped a point-blank shot from Taylor Torres, set up by a nice down-the-sidelines run and cross from Frisco midfielder Blair Thorpe.
“I haven’t made a save like that since eighth grade,” Vick said. “So, it was great to know that I could still do something like that.”
Hyde’s shot came 10 minutes later, off an intercepted goal kick.
“She knows she can hit them from that distance,” Highland Park coach Stewart Brown said of Hyde.
Abby Tisdale and Sara Summers scored within 11 minutes of each other in the second half, sealing the win.
“Once we get a goal, that’s when they tend to keep coming,” Summers said.
Highland Park will face Frisco Wakeland (23-2-2) in next week’s sectional round. Wakeland won the 4A title in 2011.
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