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Girls 4A Region II soccer: Sophs key HP's 4-1 win over McKinney North
Hyde’s two goals, one by Jones extend team’s winning streak to 10
FRISCO — A pair of sophomores played important roles in a 4-1 Highland Park girls playoff soccer victory over McKinney North.
Hope Hyde scored twice and assisted on another, and fellow sophomore Savanna Jones added a goal in a Class 4A Region II area match Friday evening at Toyota Stadium.
Highland Park (18-4-1), No. 2 in SportsDay’s final Class 4A ranking and a state finalist a year ago, extended its winning streak to 10 games and advanced to a sectional playoff to face the Frisco/Little Elm winner.
Scoring chances were limited for McKinney North (15-3-0), ranked No. 7 in the area.
Both of the goals by Hyde came in the first half for a 2-0 intermission lead. The forward cut between two defenders on a run down the left side after a pass from Kate Summers and found an opening at the near post from 15 yards for a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute.
With 14 minutes to go in the half, Hyde was on the end of Summers’ centering pass and headed the ball past McKinney North keeper Clarissa Ledesma at the far post.
“I don’t score a lot on headers, but when they go in it feels great,” Hyde said.
Midway though the second half, Jones increased the Highland Park lead to 3-0 on a 12-yard shot, thanks to a perfectly timed assist from Hyde.
“We’re fortunate to have a special group of players from every class,” Scots coach Stewart Brown said.
Hyde narrowly missed a third goal when her free kick in the second half bounded off the crossbar.
“We were much better keeping possession in the second half,” Brown said. “That was our game plan. McKinney North is a really good team, so keeping possession in the middle third was very important.”
Hadlie Tucker, a UT-Pan American signee, put McKinney North on the scoreboard when her lofted 15-yard shot found the net with 18:23 remaining.
Highland Park played without Texas Tech signee Sara Summers for most of the second half because of a sprained ankle.