Written by Corbett Smith
Frisco Wakeland boys soccer topples McKinney, area's top 4A boys team, in 1-0 win
Team that barely made playoffs will move on
PLANO — Kick after kick in the final 10 minutes, McKinney — the SportsDayHS No. 1 area boys team in Class 4A — tried to make it past the Frisco Wakeland defense.
But time after time, Wakeland found a way to get to the ball and make the stop.
Wakeland, the fourth place team out of District 18-4A, barely made the playoffs, needing a winning streak to get the final berth out of its district.
But they will move on.
A first-half goal by Tristan Honaker was the difference in a 1-0 Wakeland win in the bi-district round of the Region II playoffs at Plano’s Clark Field.
“That’s what makes the game of soccer so frustrating at times,” McKinney coach to Alan Pocock said. “We had three or four great goal-scoring opportunities there and were a millimeter away.”
Wakeland (12-7-3) scored in the ninth minute of the game. Wakeland’s Blake Stricker forced a turnover by McKinney’s defense. He found Honaker, who struck a powerful shot by McKinney keeper Chuck Schober for the early lead.
“It was totally instinctive,” Honaker said. “I really wasn’t thinking about anything, except putting it into the back of the net.”
McKinney (16-3-3) had a good chance in the first half, on a cross from J.T. Hawkins that just missed its target.
But McKinney’s real chances were in the closing 10 minutes of the game. With its season on the line, McKinney pushed up pressure and nearly got results. Wakeland keeper Sam Whaley and defender Ryan Ward combined to kill three point-blank attempts in the six-yard box in the 71st minute.
“It was just a scramble in there, and we got it done,” Ward said.