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Soccer regionals: Dallas teams look to punch four tickets to state for boys, girls
Want to get a sneak peek at the favorites at next week’s UIL state tournament? Look no further than the four regional tournaments played today and Saturday, featuring 21 Dallas/Fort Worth-area teams.
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Both defending Class 5A champs are still around: Coppell’s boys team, led by 2013 SportsDayHS player of the year Chris Madden and Plano West’s girls team – revamped after graduating 13 seniors, including six all-district players and the district’s MVP.
Two girls state finalists are also still playing: 5A’s Southlake Carroll and 4A’s Highland Park. Over the past seven seasons, D/FW teams have won 20 of the 28 state titles in boys and girls soccer within the Class 5A and 4A divisions. During that span, only once have the girls titles not been swept by area programs (2010, coincidentally the only time in the seven-year period where area boys programs swept both titles).
Class 5A Region I
Boys: Grande Communications Stadium, Midland
No. 1 Coppell and No. 2 Flower Mound Marcus have been the Region I frontrunners since January, and the two powers seem destined to meet in the final.
Upstart Arlington, though, has reached its first regional semifinal since 1991. Reggie Gonzalez leads Arlington with 20 goals.
El Paso Eastwood has scored 10 goals in three playoff games to set up its showdown with Coppell.
vs. FM Marcus, 2:00
vs. Coppell (19-1-2), 4:00
Girls: Northwest ISD Stadium, Justin
Last year’s SportsDay’s Newcomer of the Year Grace Cory has 26 goals and 16 assists for Southlake Carroll, the 2013 state runner-up.
Coppell is one of four fourth-place qualifiers still playing in 5A (including McKinney).
Keller split its two games with Carroll in 4-5A play, both 1-0 decisions. Molly Lansford made the last two saves of the match, and Alanna Castaneda converted her attempt, as Hebron beat Midlothian 2-1 (4-3 in penalty kicks) to advance to regionals.
Southlake Carroll (22-1-1) vs. Coppell (13-4-6), Noon
Keller (18-4-4) vs. Hebron (19-2-2), 2:00
Class 5A Region II
Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex, Austin
Boys: A close game between Conroe and Lake Highlands seems almost assured. Both teams have won all three of their playoff games by one goal.
In the other regional semifinal, McKinney Boyd and The Woodlands are reunited for the second year in a row. Boyd won last year before falling in the regional final to Kingwood.
Unbeaten The Woodlands is ranked No. 2 in the nation and No. 1 in the state.
McKinney Boyd (13-4-6)
vs. The Woodlands, 4:00
Lake Highlands (18-1-4)
vs. Conroe, 6:00
Girls: Two-time defending champ Plano West is cruising under first-year head coach Allie Rogosheske, outscoring the opposition by 1.86 goals.
Round Rock has a handful of Division I signees, including Chelsea Jackson (Oklahoma) and Bailee Berry (Dallas Baptist). McKinney had been led by its defense; the Lionettes are allowing 0.77 goals per game.
Sloane Sharold scored the game-winner with 1:30 remaining to beat Austin Westlake and send Humble Kingwood to the regional tournament.
Plano West (17-2-4) vs. Round Rock (17-5-2), 11 a.m.
McKinney (11-5-6) vs. Kingwood (21-1-2), 1:00
Class 4A Region I
Memorial Stadium, Wichita Falls
Boys: Trophy Club Byron Nelson, ranked No. 3 by SportsDay, is the lone area participant. Byron Nelson hasn’t allowed more than one goal in a game since a 2-1 loss to Midland on Jan. 10.
Its opponent, Amarillo, has scored at least two goals in 10 straight games. El Paso Andress, which didn’t make the playoffs last year, has outscored playoff opponents 12-2.
Fort Worth North Side has racked up 17 goals during the postseason.
vs. FW North Side, 4:00
TC Byron Nelson (23-1-2)
vs. Amarillo, 6:30
Girls: Madison Hall scored three goals in a 5-1 win over Kennedale, putting Trophy Club Byron Nelson in its third straight regional tournament.
Lubbock Monterey is prolific, scoring 80 goals in 32 games behind two 20-goal scorers, Adison McNeme (20) and Claudia Sanchez (24).
Fort Worth Arlington Heights upset defending 4A champs Denton Guyer in the last round, 1-0, on a 45-yard free kick by defender Audrey Reynolds. Junior Lauren Piercy – who also plays on the Dallas Sting’s U-17 ECNL team – leads Canyon Randall in goals and assists.
Canyon Randall (19-4-3) vs. Fort Worth Arlington Heights (17-2), 11 a.m.
Trophy Club Byron Nelson (20-2-5) vs. Lubbock Monterey (23-5-4), 1:30
Class 4A Region II
Standridge Stadium, Carrollton
Boys: Frisco Liberty senior forward Stian Sandbekkhaug, a Valparaiso signee, has scored 35 goals and at least one in all four playoff victories for the area’s top-ranked team.
Hallsville had never won a playoff game before this season and now has won four, including a sectional victory against 32-4A champ Kilgore.
Frisco Wakeland is back in the regional tournament for the second year in a row, and Longview Pine Tree knocked out area-ranked North Dallas to punch its ticket to Carrollton.
Frisco Liberty (24-1) vs. Hallsville, Noon
Longview Pine Tree vs. Frisco Wakeland (20-4-2) 2:30
Girls: Sophomore Hope Hyde has been rolling for Highland Park, with 12 goals in her last six games. Waxahachie has made the regional semifinals four of the last five seasons, but hasn’t advanced further (with two of those losses to HP).
The defense for Red Oak has been overwhelming, with senior goalkeeper Lauren Eshelman allowing just 10 goals all season.
Wylie East has wins over Highland Park and Denton Guyer and has outscored the opposition 105-10.
Highland Park (20-4-1) vs. Waxahachie (17-2-4), 5:00
Red Oak (19-2-3) vs. Wylie East (21-1-1), 7:30