The Byron Nelson girls soccer team (22-2-1, 8-2 in 11-4A) didn’t waste any time in pursuing its return trip to the Class 4A state tournament in Georgetown.The Lady Bobcats, who finished second to Denton Guyer, opened the postseason Monday in a match with Azle at Byron Nelson High School. Coach Phillip Salyer won the flip to play the game on his field turf playing surface. Nelson faced Azle in the bi-district round in 2012. The game was played after the print deadline.“The girls really wanted to play the game at home and play in front of the fans,” Salyer said. “We’ve never had a playoff home game before so this was going to be a great experience. I’m glad it worked out.”In fact, this playoff journey has a lot of déjà vu to it.Had Nelson advanced to the area playoffs, it would meet Burkburnett Thursday in Mineral Wells. That district, featuring Burkburnett, Gainesville and the Wichita Falls schools, drew a bye to the second round.“It is what it is,” Salyer said about the bye. “They’ve had the rest, but we would get two days if we were fortunate to get through the first round.”Salyer said he really likes the pace of how his team is playing right now. The Lady Bobcats picked up a 3-1 victory over Birdville on March 19 that wrapped up second place. At last Friday’s senior night, they easily disposed of Argyle, 6-0. They took a three-game winning streak into the playoffs.“They played with a lot of intensity against Birdville as they knew what was on the line,” Salyer said. “They were excited about the challenge. They came out and played really hard. We were a little rusty from the layoff, so there were some timing things. But we beat a very good team.”The balanced scoring of this team has set the tone for the season. Lynnsey Brim leads with 13 goals, while Darla Kay Hyde, Marchelle Davis and Madison Hall each have scored 12. Davis battled a concussion a couple of weeks ago but scored in the wins over Birdville and Argyle. Brim also scored in each game.“We have multiple players stepping up for us,” Salyer said. “Seeing what Marchelle did was really good for our team and her confidence.”No longer sneaking upWhen Nelson made its out-of-nowwhere run to the state tournament title game in Georgetown last April, it likely caught a lot of teams and pundits by surprise.But this spring’s postseason appearance won’t offer the same element. Everybody knows who the Lady Bobcats are. That comes with becoming a consistent program.“I’m sure there were a lot of people who didn’t expect that last year,” Salyer said. “We’ll run into some teams who are going to probably play us differently. However, we’re not going to change our approach in what we do offensively or defensively. We know we’re not going to sneak up on anyone.”Northwest updateThe Lady Texans (4-17-3, 4-9-1 in District 4-5A) went through a difficult final week of the season as they failed to reach the postseason. They were essentially out of the race going into the final week but lost to Richland (3-1) and Keller Central (3-0) to finish in sixth place. Northwest lost its final four games and scored only two goals in that stretch.