Written by Matt Wixon
Goalie comes to rescue for Highland Park girls in 4A title win over TC Byron Nelson
GEORGETOWN — Led by a group of talented scorers and an aggressive style, the Highland Park girls soccer team averaged more than four goals per game this season. But when the Scots couldn’t score through two halves and two overtime periods Saturday, their championship hopes needed to be saved by the last line of defense.
Goalkeeper Sarah Howley came through, making four straight shootout saves to help Highland Park beat Trophy Club Byron Nelson, 1-0, and win the Class 4A title.
Howley and Byron Nelson’s Ariana Morrison each made six saves in the first nine rounds of the shootout. In the 10th round, Howley used her foot to block the shot of Spencer McCoy, and Highland Park’s Kate Summers won the game by knocking a shot over the charging Morrison.
Both keepers were aggressive in the shootout, pressuring the players dribbling up.
“I came out every time hard and fast,” Howley said, “hoping that I would get the ball and intimidate them a little bit.”
Highland Park (28-1-2) won its fifth state title. Byron Nelson (24-3-4) made
its first state appearance in just its second varsity season.