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5A Region II soccer finals: Plano West girls reach state; McKinney Boyd boys fall in shootout
AUSTIN — Plano West and Austin Westlake are the state’s top two ranked Class 5A girls soccer teams. Plano West showed Saturday that there’s a big gap between No. 1 and No. 2.
Top-ranked Plano West, the defending 5A state champion, dominated No. 2 Westlake in every way during a 3-0 win in the 5A Region II final on a warm and hazy day at the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex.
“We just wanted to play our game and let Westlake try to keep up,” Plano West coach Carley Phillips said. “We are a physical team, and we play a physical style. We had heard a lot about Westlake and how talented they were and how high they were ranked, but we just tried to go right at them.”
The win puts Plano West (26-0-2) in this week’s state tournament in Georgetown. The UIL will announce the state semifinal matchups Sunday.
The Lady Wolves were aggressive throughout the first half, making deep runs into the Westlake zone time and time again. Twice in the first 25 minutes, shots by Plano West hit the goal post and bounced away. Then the constant pressure finally paid off.
Plano West got the only goal it would need at the 34-minute mark. From outside the penalty area, Casie Ramsier lofted a shot toward the goal. Lakyn Pope outjumped a Westlake defender at the edge of the 6-foot box and headed the ball to Rachel Grout, who was wide open on the left side. Grout easily pushed a shot past Westlake goalkeeper Kalli Douma for a 1-0 lead.
Until Friday’s regional semifinal against Sachse, Westlake (28-1) had never trailed this season. Unlike Friday, the Chaparrals had no answer.
“We just were not the better team out there today,” Westlake coach Rennie Rebe said. “Plano West is a great team, and that’s different from a team like ours that has a few great players. We will learn from this loss and from how we handled things this season.”
The Lady Wolves expanded their lead to 2-0 five minutes into the second half when Ashley Smith volleyed the ball past Douma after the Westlake keeper was not able to corral a direct free kick from Taylor Barg.
Plano West couldn’t even be slowed when a red card accessed in the 68th minute forced the Lady Wolves to play the rest of the game short a player. Nicole Smith capped Plano West’s controlling performance with a goal at the 76-minute mark.
Kingwood 2, McKinney Boyd 1 (SO): Goalkeeper Jack DiSorbo was the difference for the second straight game and led Kingwood to a shootout win in the 5A Region II final.
On Friday in the regional semifinal, DiSorbo allowed only two made shots in the penalty-kick round to beat McKinney. On Saturday, he was even better against Boyd, stopping two PK-round shots while another missed the goal completely. Kingwood (23-1-4) made three of four shots in the deciding round to advance to the state tournament.
DiSorbo also stopped three shots in a shootout to allow Kingwood to beat A&M Consolidated in the regional quarterfinals. He has allowed just three goals in five playoff games.