Freshman forward Presley Echols scored two goals as Highland Park’s girls soccer team defeated Aledo 5-3 Saturday in the Class 5A state championship match.
At 27-0, Highland Park completed an undefeated season and won its fifth state championship, its first since 2012.
Aledo (22-4-3) led 1-0 after one minute at Birkelbach Field as sophomore forward Eden Wise fired a shot past Highland Park goalkeeper Ginny Hoy. The Scots responded with four unanswered goals in the first half, when Aledo goalkeeper Makenzie Covington was constantly on edge. Covington finished with 10 saves while Hoy recorded three.
Highland Park led 4-2 at the half, and another goal didn’t come until the 60th minute, when Echols basically sealed the game’s outcome. Echols, who was named the MVP of the championship match, fired a shot from 15 yards away. The ball sailed over Covington’s head, hit the crossbar and caromed into the net, giving the Scots a 5-2 lead.
Aledo’s final goal came in the 68th minute, when senior midfielder Cameron Huddleston scored from 26 yards out.
Class 5A boys final
Frisco Wakeland 2, Waller 0: Manny Diaz DeLeon and Cody Sedatole each scored a goal as Frisco Wakeland posted a shutout.
The Wolverines (22-4-1) avenged last year’s loss to Brownsville Porter in the 5A boys title match, and they captured their second UIL championship — their first since 2010, when they won the Class 4A title.
In a scoreless first half, Waller (22-6-3) and Wakeland both totaled four shots. Waller goalkeeper Raul Rodriguez recorded five saves overall, but in the 61st minute, Wakeland sophomore midfielder Diaz DeLeon received a pass from David Esch and delivered the match’s first goal on a shot from 22 yards away.
Nine minutes later, Sedatole, the championship game MVP, received a pass from Bryce Wilson and fired a fastball into the back of the net from 8 yards out.
Wakeland’s defense, meanwhile, was exceptional. The Wolverines never allowed a corner kick, and each of their two goalies — Noah Samadian in the first half, and Brady Smith in the second — recorded three saves.
Class 6A boys final
Dallas Jesuit 2, Arlington Houston 1: Christian Lerma scored the game-winning goal in the 89th minute, and goalkeeper Luke Ostrander recorded nine saves as Dallas Jesuit defeated Arlington Houston for the Class 6A boys state championship.
Lerma’s goal came after his shot in the 78th minute, which came with the game knotted 1-1 and the goal wide open, missed by inches to the left. Ostrander, meanwhile, was practically a brick wall dressed in blue, allowing only one goal and being named the championship game MVP.
The only shot that eluded Ostrander came in the 57th minute, when Arlington Houston’s Jason Ramirez took a free kick from 25 yards out and drove a blast into the back of the net.
Jesuit (21-3- 1), meanwhile, went 80 minutes and two seconds without scoring a goal. Midfielder Tommy Flaim scored eight minutes into game — on a 33-yard free kick — but after his tally, the Rangers had only two more shots on goal during the rest of the match, which included two overtime periods.
Arlington Houston goalie Izac Garcia, threatened rarely, recorded only one save as Jesuit, a one-time TAPPS program, won its second UIL state title in boys soccer. The Rangers’ first title came in 2010.
Arlington Houston finished its season with a 22-3-2 record.
Class 6A boys semifinal
Dallas Jesuit 0, La Joya Juarez-Lincoln 0 (Jesuit wins shootout 4-2):Dallas Jesuit triumphed in a penalty shootout to advance to the state championship match. Israel Ollazarbal converted the winning penalty to give the Rangers (21-3-1) the victory.
Neither team could find the net in the defensive stalemate. Jesuit (21-3-1) appeared to play for penalties from the start. The Rangers managed just four shots in regulation while keeping most of their players in the defensive third of the field. Jesuit goalkeeper Luke Ostrander made nine saves, including one in the shootout, which ended with the Rangers holding a 4-2 edge.
La Joya Juarez-Lincoln (30-4-1) took 26 total shots but couldn’t unlock the Rangers’ defense on a frustrating night for its attackers.
— Aaron Schnautz, AA-S correspondent
UIL SOCCER CHAMPIONS
Class 4A: Stephenville
Class 5A: Highland Park
Class 6A: Hendrickson
Class 4A: Kilgore
Class 5A: Frisco Wakeland
Class 6A: Arlington Houston or Dallas Jesuit (late Saturday)