Keller girls drop out at regional semis; Timber Creek run ends in quarterfinals

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The Keller girls soccer team closed out its playoff run last Friday in a 2-0 loss to Flower Mound Marcus in the Region I semifinals.

Meanwhile, earlier in the week, Timber Creek lost in the region quarterfinals to Carroll, 4-0. Carroll would go on to beat Marcus in the regional final and will move on to the state meet representing the stalwart members of District 4-5A.

“It was an unbelievable run,” said Keller head coach Billy Griffiths.

The Lady Indians end with a 19-6-3 season mark.

“We played in a big tournament, in a big game and it took us a minute to take it all in,” Griffiths said of the semifinals appearance.

Marcus scored a quick goal and then another just seconds before halftime.

“That goal (just before the half) was a killer goal,” Griffiths said. “We had to accept it and play the next 40 minutes.”

Keller had chances to score against Marcus, but the shots hit the crossbar and posts.

“I’m just very proud of how hard they worked,” Griffiths said. “This is likely the best team I’ve had in my eight years here.

“We’ll use the same experience we had from losing in last year’s first round to get back and build upon where we left off this year,” he said.

Rebuilding for next season will be interesting for Keller.

The Indians lose 15 seniors off this year’s squad, but have been able to develop another five players from the JV roster through the playoffs.

The ample number of seniors can be great tutors to the younger players, Griffiths said.

“The JV players are coming off a team that only lost two games all season,” Griffiths noted.

Timber Creek’s loss to Carroll in the quarterfinals was likely a matter of reality rearing its ugly head for the up-and-coming Lady Falcons.

“Overall, I’m very pleased with our first year in 5A,” head coach Mike King said. “Going three rounds in the playoffs is something to build on.”

King acknowledged Carroll played an outstanding game against his young squad.

“We just couldn’t get anything going,” he said.

With just four seniors, Timber Creek played a lot of younger girls who garnered valuable playing time and experience.

“They’ll be even more ready next year than they were this year,” King said. “We played four or five freshmen this year.

“Our eyes won’t be wide open next year,” King said of the young team playing for the first season in the largest division.

“I’m super proud with what they’ve accomplished,” King said. “We won’t be so much of a little secret anymore. Everyone in district won’t take us as lightly. They know we can play.”

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