Written by Matt Wixon
Six local teams qualify for state soccer tournament, most since 2007
The Dallas-Fort Worth area has six teams going to the UIL state tournament, the most in six years.
Local girls teams, who have won 11 of the last 12 state titles, have four teams in the tournament: Denton Guyer and Highland Park in 4A and Plano West and Southlake Carroll in 5A. The four teams are in separate semifinals, so two all-area championship matches are possible.
There wasn't a local boys qualifier in either the 4A or 5A title game last year for the first time since 2002. But two teams have a good shot to get to the final this season: Coppell (5A) and Mesquite Poteet (4A).
The last time that the Dallas-Fort Worth area had six state qualifiers in soccer was in 2007, which was the year that local teams came the closest to a state sweep. That year, The Colony (4A) and Plano West (5A) won girls titles and Flower Mound Marcus won the boys 5A title. In the boys 4A title game, Frisco lost to Wichita Falls Rider, 3-2, in a shootout.