It took a second-half comeback, but the Cedar Park girls soccer team rallied back to defend its Class 4A Region IV crown and booked another trip to the state tournament with a 4-2 win against Alamo Heights.
“We didn’t put our heads down, because we knew we could come back and still win it,” Cedar Park senior Kayci Griffin said. “Last year our goal was to make it state; this year it’s our goal to win state.”
Cedar Park will play in the Class 4A semifinal on Thursday at Birkelbach Stadium in Georgetown. The championship game will be Saturday.
“This is everything for them. They’ve been working toward this since last year,” Cedar Park coach Jennifer Womack said. “This senior class pushed us through; they are definitely the heart behind this team.”
Trailing 2-1 at halftime, Sophie Sanchez tied the game for Cedar Park just two minutes, 47 seconds into the second half when her shot slipped through Alamo Height’s goalie Emma Russell’s fingertips.
Roughly 12 minutes later Griffin scored what proved to the game-winner, firing a shot into the right side of the net. Griffin scored an insurance goal four minutes later from 40 yards out, firing a shot into the right side of the net on a free kick, stunning Alamo Heights back-up goalie Tyler Brown and scoring her sixth goal of the regional tournament.
Plano West 3, Westlake 0: Westlake coach Rennie Rebe was able to sum up her team’s defeat by top-ranked Plano West in the Class 5A Region II finals Saturday in just seven succinct words.
“We were not the better team today,” Rebe said. Westlake came into the regional tournament undefeated and ranked No. 2 in the state, but the Chaparrals’ season ended with a disappointing loss.
The victory gave Plano West (26-0-2) a berth in next week’s UIL Class 5A final four in Georgetown versus either San Antonio Churchill or San Antonio Johnson.
Westlake (28-1) barely made a dent in Plano West’s big and physical defense, settling for a pair of shots that the Lady Wolves’ goalkeeper, Claire Wheatly, didn’t have to save.
“There are days that the other team is just better than you, and this was one of those days,” Rebe said.
— Steve Habel
CLASS 4A BOYS
Pharr-Valley View 3, Georgetown 1: Jose Soto scored a goal and assisted on two others as Valley View topped Georgetown in a Class 4A boys regional final played in Corpus Christi. Valley View advanced to the state tournament, which opens next week in Georgetown on the Eagles’ home field.
Georgetown’s goal came in the closing minutes of the first half, when Andres Carreno-Mendez scored on a penalty kick.
— James Wangemann