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Ursuline wins 24th straight TAPPS state soccer title; Grapevine Faith boys claim crown
HOUSTON — District rivals Bishop Lynch and Ursuline went scoreless through regulation and two overtimes in their third meeting of the season — the TAPPS Division I girls soccer state championship game.
Katie Lund’s penalty kick in the shootout gave Ursuline its 24th consecutive TAPPS state title Saturday.
“That’s the kind of kid she is — she’s a game-changer,” Ursuline coach Allison Daus said. “We relied on her a lot this year. She had 23 goals on the season, so this was nothing new for her.”
After 100 scoreless minutes, Bishop Lynch (26-2-1) grabbed a 2-1 advantage in the shootout on Allison Ganter’s kick, but Ursuline goalkeeper Emma McCrady stopped the next two shots. Megan Danko, Madison Haley and Samantha Chaiken scored in the shootout for Ursuline (13-7-4) before Lund — the fifth shooter for the Bears — clinched the 4-2 win.
“I thought we had it,” Lynch coach Darrin Hedges said. “We had the run of play for a lot of the game, but just didn’t quite finish our opportunities. It was back and forth — it was just a great game.
“I hate to come down to penalty kicks, but sometimes that’s how it happens.”
Bishop Lynch outshot Ursuline 17-13 and put two more shots on goal in regulation.
Parish Episcopal girls 4, Houston Awty International 2: Parish Episcopal’s Sarah Rostamo went out with a hat trick of hat tricks.
The senior forward scored three goals for the third consecutive playoff match, lifting the Panthers to their fourth straight TAPPS Division II state title. Parish Episcopal beat Awty, 5-0, in last year’s state final.
“We graduated 12 seniors off last year’s team, and people were thinking, ‘What are we going to do?’” coach Craig Savage said. “But we had another great group of seniors who took our freshmen and really taught them how to play.”
Parish Episcopal (16-3-2) surrendered an early goal for only the second time this season, falling behind 1-0 in the first minute. But Rostamo supplied the equalizer four minutes later, then she and freshman Lily Sultan scored seconds apart in the 24th minute for a 3-2 halftime lead.
Awty (24-6-2) notched its second goal on a penalty kick in the 33rd minute after a collision with junior goalkeeper Liesel Scherer that knocked her out of the game.
Grapevine Faith Christian boys 2, Houston Awty International 1: Grapevine Faith Christian claimed its fourth consecutive TAPPS Division II state championship, beating host Awty International in the final for the second straight season. It’s the fifth state title in seven years for the Lions.
Faith Christian (20-0-2) picked up both its goals early, with senior forward Daniel Hancock notching his 20th goal in the fourth minute and senior midfielder Michael Hinkley tallying in the sixth.
San Antonio Central Catholic boys 2, TCA-Addison 1 (SO): Central Catholic outscored TCA-Addison, 4-2, in a shootout to earn the TAPPS Division I title.
TCA-Addison took a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute when Adam Nagle-Perkins headed in a corner kick taken by Jack Savage. Justin Caballero tied it for Central Catholic.