Written by Corbett Smith
Soccer playoff roundup: Frisco Liberty girls move on after clutch PK's; Coppell boys pull away
Dani Chantry scored twice in regulation and goalkeeper Hailey Walstad saved two penalty kicks as Frisco Liberty advanced past McKinney North, 2-2 (4-3), in its 4A Region II sectional game.
Liberty (18-5-5) didn’t panic when the game went to penalties, and for good reason. Entering the game, it had a 2-1 record in games determined by penalty kicks.
“We’ve just come to the point that it’s about relaxing the shooters and getting them to put the ball on target,” Liberty coach Cissy Blaisure said.
Blaisure’s team did just that, scoring on four of five kicks, including the final conversion by reserve keeper Cameron Hickox. Hadlie Tucker and Belicia Mendiola scored for McKinney North (18-2-3).
Plano West 4, Rowlett 0: Nicole Smith scored two goals, while Auburn-bound twins Brooke and Casie Ramsier contributed with a goal and an assist, as defending 5A champion Plano West rolled past Rowlett in the 5A Region II area round in Wylie.
Plano West (24-0-2) is on a 34-game unbeaten streak.
“We focus game by game,” Plano West coach Carley Phillips said. “It’s been a little different run than what we’ve had in the past. We’re just going to continue having to get up for each and every game.”
Sachse 3, McKinney Boyd 2: Freshman Cyera Hintzen scored her second hat trick in as many games, as Sachse held off McKinney Boyd in its 5A Region II area-round win.
Hintzen — one of the most highly touted freshmen in the nation — scored her third goal nearly 15 minutes into the second half, putting Sachse (16-5-1) up 3-0 before Boyd closed with a flourish.
Coppell 3, Waco Midway 1: Coppell shook off a sluggish start, pulling away after halftime behind two penalties by Drake Lovelady in its 5A Region I area-round win.
Waco Midway took an early lead off a miscommunication between Coppell’s keeper and a defender. Forward Chris Madden tied the game with a header in the 32nd minute, calming Coppell’s nerves.
“In the second half, we finally settled down and started kicking the ball around a little bit,” Coppell coach Chad Rakestraw said.
Coppell could play Hebron next. Hebron — which faces Midlothian on Friday — bounced Coppell out of the playoffs each of the last two seasons in the bi-district round.