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Soccer playoff replay: Thomas Jefferson boys top Royse City
The Thomas Jefferson boys knew that giving Royse City the wind at its back in the first half would benefit their team in the second half. Though Thomas Jefferson, SportsDay’s No. 7 4A team in the final poll, won the bidistrict game 4-2, the scenario, for a time, was a little too risky.
Fourteen minutes into the game, Royse City took a 1-0 lead. By halftime, it was 2-0.
“We were a little shell shocked,” coach Tomas Sanchez said.
Fortunately, Thomas Jefferson (16-4-3) has the area’s leading scorer in Jefrey Saravia. He scored a goal quickly in the second half and then Alex Barusta scored the equalizer. Saravia then scored the game-winner, his 40th goal of the season. Barusta scored another one for insurance.
“We regrouped, kept our composure and kept working,” Sanchez said.
Frisco Heritage 6, Prosper 0: Frisco Heritage (21-4-1), SportsDay’s No.2 team, was led by Taylor Davis and Alfredo Kaegi, who each scored two goals. Ian Crosby and Cort Searls also had goals in the bidistrict victory.
Frisco Liberty 3, McKinney North 0: Christian Mayho scored the game-winning goal late in the first half for Frisco Liberty (14-6-4), helping give the team momentum it had lacked in the opening minutes of its bidistrict victory. Mayho added another goal in the second half, as did Pierce Searls.
McKinney North 3, Frisco 0: McKinney North (15-5-1) shook off early jitters and won 3-0 in its bidistrict game against Frisco at Prosper, scoring three goals in the first half. Hadlie Tucker scored North’s first goal and Alon Encalade had the second. Belicia Mendiola scored on a free kick from just outside of the box for North’s third goal.
“It was the first high school playoff game,” coach Lance Lovell said. “They get emotional about it. Second game, we’ll be OK.”
Frisco Centennial 2, Prosper 1: Prosper scored first, but Taylor Montoya scored the equalizer for Frisco Centennial (8-3-7) with about 15 minutes left in the second half. Late in the second overtime period, Prosper scored an own goal, allowing Centennial to secure the bidistrict victory.
Rockwall 6, Hillcrest 0: Rockwall (19-3-2), the No. 7 4A team in SportsDay’s final rankings, scored three goals in the first half and three more in the second half of its bidistrict victory. Niki McKnight had three goals, and Kayla Smith had two.
Highland Park 10, Paris 0: Highland Park (21-1-2), SportsDay’s No. 3 4A team, was led by Katie Martin, who scored three goals in her team’s bidistrict victory. Megan Gittins and Sara Summers each had two goals.