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Highland Park stays unbeaten with win over Boerne Champion

Highland Park lived up to its status as the top-ranked Class 5A girls soccer team in the state, posting a convincing 2-0 victory over Boerne Champion on Thursday at the UIL soccer championships.

After dominating the first 20 minutes of the match, Highland Park (26-0-0) broke through when Presley Echols slipped through the Boerne Champion defense, danced around Champion keeper Sarah Schlemmer and slipped the ball past onrushing defender Ashlyn Fulgham and into the net.

Echols put the game away with her second goal in the 70th minute.

Highland Park had 17 shots on goal in the match, and only several spectacular saves by Schlemmer kept the Chargers (16-9-2) within one goal until late in the match. In contrast, Scots keeper Ginny Hoy didn’t need to make a play until she grabbed a harmless cross in the final minute of the first half.

With a win in the Class 5A girls final on Saturday, Highland Park would claim its fifth UIL state championship.

Class 5A boys semifinals

Frisco Wakeland 6, Wichita Falls 0: Midfielder Jacob Miller scored two goals to help Frisco Wakeland rout Wichita Falls in a Class 5A boys state semifinal.

Miller started the scoring onslaught with a third-minute header off of Simeon Salazar’s corner kick, and Alex Wing doubled the Wolverines’ lead 20 minutes later. An own goal by Wichita Falls defender Aaron Valdez gave Frisco Wakeland a 3-0 halftime advantage.

Wichita Falls (16-3-6) had no better luck after the break. Cody Sedatole added his name to the scoresheet in the 51st minute, and Miller scored a minute later with a powerful strike from the left corner of the 18-yard box. Theo Martey’s 64th-minute goal provided the final tally for Wakeland, who totaled 19 shots in the match.

Wolverines goalkeeper Brady Smith made four saves in the shutout.

Wakeland (21-4-1) will face Waller on Saturday for the Class 5A boys state title.

Waller 4, Brownsville Lopez 0: Waller scored three goals in the opening half and went on to defeat Brownsville Lopez in a physical Class 5A boys state semifinal.

The Lobos (16-4-1) committed 15 fouls and saw four players booked, compared to Waller’s 14 fouls and three yellow cards.

David Jara broke the deadlock in the 10th minute with a curling free kick from 20 yards out that squeezed through the hands of Lobos goalkeeper Andrew Flores. Late in the half, Eric Oregon assisted on two headed goals in three minutes — the first by Ricardo Castillo, the second by Ricardo Lopez — to give the Bulldogs a commanding halftime lead.

Lopez capped the scoring with his second goal of the match, a low and powerful drive from 25 yards that snuck past Flores.

— Aaron Schnautz, AA-S correspondent

Class 4A girls final

Stephenville 2, Boerne 1: Substitute Madison Carter scored the winning goal seconds after coming onto the field to give Stephenville a victory in the Class 4A girls championship match.

A freshman forward, Carter entered in the 50th minute and provided the game-winner with her first touch. Ciara Johnson sent a cross into the box that Boerne goalkeeper Kortni Langlinais deflected to Carter’s feet. She calmly tapped into an open net from 8 yards away to give the Honeybees, who started seven freshmen, their first state title.

Stephenville (25-4-0) dominated the first 15 minutes of the match, pressing forward and preventing the Greyhounds from crossing midfield. The pressure paid off in the 17th minute when Haleigh Beam placed a perfect corner kick into the box to an unmarked Savannah Alford, who scored on a header.

Boerne (21-5-1) came out of its defensive shell and responded six minutes later. Paige Marcell collected a pass at the top of the box and, with no defenders within five yards, lobbed a shot over Honeybees goalkeeper Madison Wyly, who had come off her line.

— Aaron Schnautz, AA-S correspondent


Class 4A boys semifinal

Bridgeport 2, Progreso 0:For the first time in school history, Bridgeport will play for a state title in boys soccer after the Bulls blanked Progreso in a Class 4A state semifinal.

In a hard-fought first half, Progreso (24-6-2) was on the brink of scoring several times, firing three shots on goal, while Bridgeport didn’t record a single shot on goal in the opening half.

Bridgeport’s first goal came in the 61st minute, when Miguel Olmos received a pass from Efrain DeLuna about 20 yards from the goal. Olmos dribbled to the right and fired a beautiful shot into the right corner of the net, above the outstretched arms of Progreso goalie Oziel Jaramillo. Nine minutes later, Bridgeport’s Juan Amador dribbled through the Progreso defense before tallying the second goal of the match.

— Aaron Torres, AA-S correspondent

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