Written by SportsDayDFW.com
UIL state soccer tournament preview: Breaking down the games for the remaining Dallas-area teams
Plano West (21-3-4) vs. Klein Oak (25-1-1)
When: 11 a.m. Thursday
About Klein Oak: This is the seventh state tournament appearance for Klein Oak, which won the title in 2003. … Amanda Fox scored both of her team’s goals in its 1-0 victories against Sachse and A&M Consolidated in the regional semifinal and final. Klein Oak’s only loss came against Spring Branch Memorial in a playoff warmup match. It ended the season No. 1 in the TGCA 5A rankings.
About Plano West: Plano West is back at the state tournament for the first time since 2007. It’s the school’s sixth state tournament appearance. … Logan Beal and Tori Gates scored goals in Plano West’s shootout against Flower Mound Marcus that sent the team to state. … West ended the season No. 3 in the TGCA 5A rankings. It won the state title in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2007.
Mansfield (21-5-4) vs. Mission Sharyland (15-3)
When: 4 p.m. Thursday
About Mission Sharyland: Mission Sharyland is making its first appearance in the state tournament. It defeated San Antonio Jay and Brownsville Lopez in the regional tournament to advance to state. … Two Valley teams have won state titles since 2006: Brownsville Porter and Hidalgo Early College.
About Mansfield: Mansfield is making its first appearance in the state tournament. It lost in the area round to state champion Southlake Carroll last season. … Mansfield goalkeeper Kenny Barbaran saved eight shots on goal in his team’s 1-0 regional final victory against El Paso Bel Air. … Mansfield was not ranked in SportsDay’s final regular-season poll.
Highland Park (26-1-2) vs. Waco Midway (21-4-4)
When: 11 a.m. Friday
About Waco Midway: Waco Midway is back at the state tournament for the third consecutive season. It lost in the semifinals in 2010 and 2011. … Midfielder Aleah Davis has signed with UTEP and was named to the all-tournament team last year. Waco Midway ended the season No. 2 in the 4A TGCA soccer rankings.
About Highland Park: Coached by Stewart Brown, Highland Park is back in the state tournament for its eighth time and first time since 2006. It won state titles in 1994, 1996, 2000 and 2002. … Katie Martin leads Highland Park with 29 goals and 14 assists. Megan Gittins has 21 goals and 12 assists. … Highland Park’s lone loss this season came against Hockaday. It beat defending champ Frisco Wakeland in the playoffs, 4-0. Highland Park ended the year No. 1 in the 4A TGCA soccer rankings.
TC Byron Nelson (23-2-4) vs. Cedar Park (21-3-3)
When: 1 p.m. Friday
About Cedar Park: Cedar Park had not advanced past the second round of the playoffs since 2002. It features rotating goalkeepers in Adrianna Tirloni and Alanis Guevara. … Cedar Park has 18 shutouts this season and has allowed one goal in the playoffs. It ended the year No. 3 in the 4A TGCA soccer rankings.
About Trophy Club Byron Nelson: Trophy Club Byron Nelson is making its first trip to the state tournament in the program’s second varsity season. Last year, it lost in the first round of the playoffs to Aledo. … Marchelle Davis leads Byron Nelson with 26 goals and 10 assists. Darla Kay Hyde has 14 goals and seven assists. … Byron Nelson has won its playoff games by an average of four goals. It ended the year No. 4 in the 4A TGCA soccer rankings.