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Wylie East girls soccer headed to first state tournament after 1-0 win over Highland Park
CARROLLTON - Wylie East's dream season will continue next week in Georgetown.
Continuing the longest playoff run for any sports program in the school's short history, fourth-ranked Wylie East edged No. 2 Highland Park, 1-0, on Saturday in the Class 4A Region II final at Standridge Stadium to clinch a berth at state.
Wylie East (22-1-1) got a bit lucky to score its lone goal - coming courtesy an own goal in the 57th minute - but it certainly proved itself worthy of the victory. Wylie East dominated defensively, and goalkeeper Brooke-Lynn Scroggins was infallible in front of the net.
The goal came after junior forward Asia Revely broke through the Highland Park back line and fired a shot that was deflected by goalkeeper Mariya Molina. A Highland Park defender attempted to clear the ball, but it ricocheted off a teammate and into the net.
"I'll take them any way we can get them," Wylie East coach Kody Christensen said. "This is an awesome win for us and a great win for the program."
Highland Park (21-5-1) had chance after chance in the final 20 minutes to equalize but wasn't able to finish.
A free kick by sophomore standout Hope Hyde sailed just wide in the 64th minute. Junior defender Kate Summer fired a shot off the crossbar two minutes later. Senior midfielder Sara Summers kicked a hard, low shot toward the near post that was saved by Scroggins in the 76th minute.
Highland Park, which has been to the last two state tournaments, had one last chance with a free kick in the final 10 seconds, but the cross from Hyde was cleared to end the game.
"We've scored a lot of goals," Highland Park coach Stewart Brown said, "and we have enough special players that we never panicked. Even right up until the last play of the game we had a chance to get that goal."
Wylie East advances to Friday's state semifinals and will learn its opponent on Sunday.
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