Varsity girls soccer advances to regionals after winning OT playoff game

Janet Nava, Reporter

During the sudden death round on April 7 at Bible Stadium, girls soccer knocked Vista Ridge out of the playoffs 5-4, making all of their penalty shots.

“Making it to playoffs was really good for us,” sophomore forward Maya Fuller said. “Especially beating a team from the same district and kicking them out of the playoffs.”

The win took the team to Corpus Christi for the regional tournament where they beat Sharyland on April 10, but lost to Vandegrift on April 11, 1-0.

“We played hard and left it all out on the field,” sophomore outside forward Taylor Orr said. “ It was tough playing without our starting center back (sophomore Alison Stallings) when she got injured in the last 10 minutes, so it was heartbreaking that we lost after we had made so far.”

Making it to regionals in such a competitive district is difficult, according to senior center mid fielder Sabrina Cone.

“Our team chemistry and our passing on the field were definitely our strengths,” Cone said. “We are most successful when we get the ball down and play one and two touch passes. That is what really helped us to make it to regionals.”

The varsity team is spending the spring focusing on building their strengths and eliminating their weaknesses for next year.
“Our strengths as a team is that we’re all really close,” Fuller said. “We find each other really easily on the field while playing; but our weakness is sometimes we aren’t focused 100% while playing.”

The varsity team now trains in the weight room and plans for their next chance to go against Vandegrift.

“Next time, as a team, we will try to be better than Vandegrift,” Orr said. “We’re not giving up on getting further next year, we’re working our hardest to make sure that we make it to state.”

Vandegrift is the 2014 State Champions and runner up as the 2015 State Champions, beating Georgetown, but losing to Wylie East 1-0 in the final game on April 18.