Written by Corbett Smith
McKinney Boyd girls' soccer team off to strong start
Convincing win vs. TAPPS power bodes well for 2011 champs
FORT WORTH — In the opening tournament of the season, McKinney Boyd girls soccer coach Meagan Wilson is still in the feeling-out process with her new team. Wilson moved to Boyd in the off-season from Frisco Wakeland, where she won a 4A title in 2011.
“For me, personally, this is about learning the personnel, getting them a whole bunch of minutes in different positions on the field so that I know what I have going forward,” she said.
What Wilson might discover is a legitimate contender.
Boyd (1-1-0) dominated the ball for the better part of the first half, cruising to a 3-0 win over TAPPS power Ursuline on the second day of the National Elite Prep Showcase at Fort Worth Nolan.
Junior forward Sydnie Dolzine scored in the fifth minute, off a rebound of a shot from Sarah Norman, and with 10 minutes remaining in the game. She was also instrumental in Boyd’s other goal, drawing out Ursuline’s keeper on an attempt in the 14th minute, which Norman tapped in.
“I definitely think this will be some good momentum for the future,” Dolzine said.
Ursuline (4-2-2) has lost two of its last three games, including a TAPPS Division I-I home game to Bishop Lynch. It struggled building possession from the midfield. Boyd senior midfielder Libby Murphy was a big reason why.
“That kid is at another level,” Wilson said. “She sees the field and understands the field. … She makes an impression when you watch her, game in, game out.”
Murphy, pledged to UNT, was a freshman during Boyd’s last deep playoff run in 2011 when it won the 5A title, its second title in four seasons. She said she believes Boyd can get back.
“Especially this being my last year to make a statement, it’s great having a new feel, a new coach,” Murphy said.
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