Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Denton Guyer, Highland Park girls, Mesquite Poteet boys vying for state title berths
(All games at Birkelbach Field in Georgetown)
Denton Guyer (26-1) vs. Magnolia (19-5-2)
When: 11 a.m. Thursday
About Denton Guyer: Sophomore forward Brittany Crabtree leads the way with 37 goals and 13 assists in 27 games. She's scored five goals in Guyer's last three playoff wins. Guyer, which is playing in its first state tournament, has allowed only 14 goals. Its lone loss was a 4-1 defeat to 4A regional finalist Wylie.
About Magnolia: The District 40-4A runner-up limped into the playoffs after closing the season by losing to Tomball and Tomball Memorial in two of its final three matches. Magnolia, which is also making its first state tournament appearance, has won each of its last four playoff games by one goal. It beat Houston Stratford in the Region III final, 2-1, after a pair of second-half goals by Allison Abendschein.
Highland Park (24-0-5) vs. Cedar Park (22-3-2)
When: 1 p.m. Thursday
About Highland Park: Top-ranked and unbeaten Highland Park is the defending 4A state champion. This will be its eighth state tournament appearance. Senior Katie Martin has scored 39 goals, including the lone scores in 1-0 playoff victories against Frisco Wakeland and Wylie. She's signed with Villanova. Highland Park has given up only one goal in the playoffs and three in its last 15 games.
About Cedar Park: One of Cedar Park's three losses came against Highland Park, 1-0, during the first week of the regular season. Cedar Park hasn't lost since Jan. 26. It is in its fourth state tournament and was a state semifinalist last season. Cedar Park has shut out six of its last seven opponents, including five straight shutouts to open the playoffs.
Waco University (31-0) vs. Mes. Poteet (23-1-3)
When: 6 p.m. Thursday
About Waco University: Senior defender Michael Solis scored on a free kick with 18 seconds left to keep Waco University alive in the 4A Region III final against Houston Lee. Waco then made all of its penalty kicks to advance to its first state tournament. Waco University is the only boys or girls team without a loss or a draw this season. It has outscored opponents, 21-3, in the playoffs.
About Mesquite Poteet: After clobbering opponents in District 23-4A, Poteet eked by in the playoffs, winning all five games by one goal. Poteet is playing in its second state tournament and first since 2009. Powerful forwards Charles Ojeda and Carlos Cardenas lead the team. Ojeda has a team-best 32 goals with 18 assists, and Cardenas has 26 goals and 28 assists.