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TAPPS roundup: Ursuline wins 21st straight state soccer title
SAN ANTONIO — Ursuline captured its 21st consecutive state title, overcoming an early goal for a 4-1 victory over Fort Worth Nolan Catholic in the TAPPS Winter Soccer Championships.
Nolan midfielder Lindsay Murray scored less then two minutes into Saturday’s Division I girls championship game at Heroes Stadium, but the early deficit didn’t concern Ursuline.
“Honestly, I wasn’t worried at all,” junior midfielder Jana Jeffrey said. “We’re so close and we have such passion that when they scored, it was no big deal. I knew we’d get it back.”
Jeffrey tied the score three minutes later, scoring off a penalty kick, just as her sister Juliann did in last year’s final. Jeffrey scored the game-winning goal at the 37:22 mark of the first half off a series of precision passes, capped by Alice Doyle’s.
“At this point in the season it’s more about emotion then about technical or tactical play,” Ursuline coach Jamie Cantrell said. “We knew if we got down one, we trained for it.”
Ursuline senior Emily Hoffend extended the lead with less then four minutes remaining when her shot ricocheted off a defender and into the goal. Junior Candace Johnson capped the scoring with 32 seconds left to give Cantrell her eighth state title during the streak.
Fort Worth Nolan 3, Prestonwood Christian 1: Jeffrey Torda had three goals to lead Nolan to the Division I boys state title.
Torda completed the hat trick in the first half. The junior midfielder doffed an imaginary cap after scoring his third goal at the 35:42 mark.
“It was all teamwork,” Torda said. “I was just there to put them in. The three goals ... you couldn’t ask for anything more than that, but it came from all of them.”
Torda’s second goal came on a free kick after Zachary Phipps was taken down. Phipps also set up Torda’s third goal on an assist.
Torda’s second hat trick of the season gave Nolan (17-1-4) its eighth state title and first since 2006.
Parish Episcopal 6, Tomball Concordia Lutheran 0: Parish Episcopal won its first TAPPS Division II girls soccer state championship as sophomores Natalie Johnston and Julie Wheeler scored two goals apiece.
Sophomore Brook Hewes and junior Bri Sharp added goals, and senior Katherine Savoy posted a shutout. Parish Episcopal (17-3) had a five-goal lead at halftime.
Carrollton Prince of Peace 2, Pharr Oratory Athenaeum 0: Sten Stray-Gundersen scored 10 seconds into the Division III boys championship game, and Elliott Fry scored with two minutes left in the game as Prince of Peace (24-3) won its second consecutive state title.