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Wixon: McKinney Boyd girls break through in OT to capture state crown
GEORGETOWN, Texas — A lot has happened in the three years since Kelley Monogue was part of McKinney Boyd’s first state soccer champion. But before her final high school game Saturday, the senior could still remember her thoughts from freshman year.
“We were sending off the seniors with their championship,” Monogue said, “and I thought, I want to have that when I’m a senior.”
Monogue, along with the rest of Boyd’s talented seniors, got that Saturday. It took overtime, but Boyd finally cracked Colleyville Heritage’s defense for a 1-0 victory in the Class 5A girls final at Birkelbach Field.
The game-winner came in the sixth minute of overtime, when defender Callie Annett sent a crossing pass to midfielder Amanda Elertson, who headed the shot just inside the left post. There were still nearly 15 minutes to play in overtime, but the body language of both teams showed it all.
“Once we got one in,” senior defender Jacqueline Cox said, “we knew we had it.”
It wasn’t overconfidence. Boyd (28-1-1), a team loaded with offensive firepower, had 15 shots on goal to only one for Heritage (22-3-1). But Heritage thrived all season on defense and hadn’t allowed a goal in its last 19 games.
The scoreless streak continued through regulation Saturday, although Boyd had several close misses.
Monogue’s rocket shot in the first half was tapped over the crossbar by Heritage goalkeeper Jackie Kerestine, who made 12 saves. In the second half, Caity Heap hit the left post twice, and in overtime, a Monogue shot was a foot wide of the right post.
Heritage was content to play tight defense and wait for a counter-attack opportunity, and Boyd was just off the mark. Boyd’s frustration showed until Elertson, a junior midfielder who was named the game’s MVP, scored the first goal against Heritage in nearly three months.
“We felt like if we were patient,” coach Jimmie Lankford said, “we would find a way to score. We just had to not give up anything stupid.”
Boyd didn’t give up anything stupid and hung on for its first 5A title. Three years ago, Boyd won the 4A title, and Monogue was named the championship game MVP.
Three other players who had big roles on that team — Cox, defender Meghan Streight and midfielder Lauren Katada — were starters again Saturday. They won an amazing 104 games over four seasons and lost only two games the last two years.
One of those losses was in last year’s 5A title game. This year, the seniors finished the season the way they wanted to three years ago: with championship medals draped around their necks.
They smiled, posed for photos and exchanged hugs with their fellow seniors. They also celebrated with the talented younger players who no doubt will make Boyd a powerhouse for years to come.
“We talk a lot about tradition, and they’ve set a lot of the traditions that we have,” Lankford said of the seniors. “For them to finish it up like this, it’s a great thing.”