Written by Corbett Smith
UIL State Soccer: Dallas-area teams in position to sweep 4A, 5A
The favorite: Defending state champion Coppell (21-1-2) has already beaten its semifinal opponent, McKinney Boyd, 5-1 this season.
A decade later: Brownsville Lopez (22-2-1) became the first Rio Grande Valley soccer team to win a state title in 2004. This is the school’s third trip to Georgetown.
Spreading the love: Eight different players have scored during the postseason for McKinney Boyd (15-4-6). Cody Spitzer, Kyle Bennett, Braeden Andrews, Pablo Jaimes and Hayden Brown have scored at least twice.
Back over the hump: Fort Bend Clements (21-2-3) is headed to Georgetown for the first time since 2006. It lost in the regional quarterfinals four times, and once each in the semifinals and final since the last trip to state.
The favorite: The fourth time was a charm for Frisco Wakeland (22-4-3), which knocked off No. 1 Frisco Liberty in the fourth meeting between the two teams at the Region II final.
The perfect balance: Trophy Club Byron Nelson (26-1-2) proved last weekend that it could score, racking up nine goals at the Region I tournament. It has also held six playoff opponents to a total of four goals.
A second chance: Pharr Valley View (25-2) will get a second stab at a state championship after falling in last year’s semifinals, 1-0, to El Paso Del Valle.
Making history: Houston Lee (19-4-1) became the first Houston ISD team to reach state with five shutout victories in the postseason. It beat Houston Spring Woods in the Region III final.
The favorite: Plano West (19-2-4) is shooting for its third straight title, again. Plano West is the only girls program in UIL history with three consecutive championships (2000-02).
Rally the troops: Strikers Stefani Doyle (17 goals, 10 assists) and Caroline Paulette will need to step up for Hebron (22-2-2), after the loss of senior forward Reid Sibley to an ACL tear in the regional quarterfinals. This is Hebron’s first trip to Georgetown.
Blazing old trails: Coach Fredy Sanguinetti has Katy Cinco Ranch (21-1-3) in its first state tournament, but it’s not his first time to state. In 2007, he led the Katy Morton Ranch boys team in its inaugural trip.
Try again: Back for the fourth time in school history, San Antonio Reagan (21-1-3) has some bad experience against its opponent, Plano West. In its first trip (2002), Reagan lost to Plano West, 5-0, in the semifinals.
The favorite: Six times out of the past seven years, the Region II champion has won the title; Wylie East (23-1-1) is this year’s representative. Freshman Addie McCain has 12 goals and leads the team in assists.
Back again: The last time at state for Trophy Club Byron Nelson (22-2-5) ended painfully – falling to Highland Park in the 2012 Class 4A final after 10 rounds of penalty kicks. Senior defender Allie Rivers, an Oklahoma State signee, was a starter on that team.
Moving in, moving up: Sophomore keeper Klaryssa Heussmann was on Allen’s JV team last season. She’s anchored the defense for Friendswood (22-4-3), which has allowed only 13 goals this season.
Fourth times the charm?: While Austin Vandegrift (17-3-2) is making its first trip to state, it’s the fourth straight Leander ISD team to get out of Region IV, joining Cedar Park (2012, 2013) and Cedar Park Vista Ridge (2011).
Boys players to watch
27 goals, 5 assists this season
Reigning player of the year scored game-winner in 2013 title game
Scored two goals in Region IV final
Helped Coppell to shutouts in three of five playoff games
Trophy Club Byron Nelson
Key penalty save in Region I semi
Girls players to watch
Three goals in regional tourney, including GW vs. Southlake Carroll
Trophy Club Byron Nelson
Arkansas signee has team-high 28 goals
Tulsa pledge has double-digits in goals, assists
San Antonio Reagan
Recently called up from JV, has five playoff goals
Sophomore leads team in goals (14), Oklahoma State pledge