Written by Corbett Smith
Penalty kick helps McKinney Boyd girls reach 5A final vs. Heritage
GEORGETOWN, Texas — When McKinney Boyd’s Kelley Monogue was pulled down inside the 18-yard box and converted a penalty kick less than three minutes into the game Friday, it seemed as though the flood gates would soon open.
The favorite, Boyd was making its third trip to the state tournament in four years. The goal seemed to have Boyd brimming with confidence.
But San Antonio Johnson, in just its third season as a varsity program, didn’t fold. Far from it.
Boyd had to sweat out two close calls in the final 15 minutes to advance with a 1-0 win in a Class 5A girls soccer state semifinal. Boyd will face Colleyville Heritage in Saturday’s 4 p.m. championship game, the first all-area 5A final since 2008.
“I wasn’t expecting that at all,” McKinney Boyd defender Meghan Streight said. “We didn’t play very well ourselves in the second half. We weren’t intense enough.”
Amanda Elertson found Monogue on a diagonal run just outside the box in the third minute, perfectly placing a pass that put Monogue unimpeded toward goal. A Johnson defender, a step behind Monogue, grabbed her arm and pulled her down 15 yards from the goal.
Monogue slotted the subsequent penalty kick into the right corner for a 1-0 lead.
“I went for that corner, kept it low, hard and made sure it got there,” Monogue said.
In the second half, Boyd had the wind, which was gusting strongly from the north. But that didn’t necessarily help, coach Jimmie Lankford said.
“Our style is on the ground,” Lankford said. “The other team, as soon as they got the ball, they were hammering it downfield. We couldn’t get any rhythm.”
Johnson, which didn’t have a shot on goal in the first half, seemed to gain confidence as the second half went on.
Jazma Latu whistled a shot just outside the left top corner with 11 minutes to go, then caught Boyd’s defenders out of position for a breakaway with six minutes left.
Boyd keeper Kara Dugall came out of goal, and defender Courtney Cox crowded her to the right, forcing Latu to shoot — and miss — at an acute angle.