The Timber Creek girls soccer team has qualified for the playoffs in each of the teams’ three varsity seasons since the school opened. The Lady Falcons fully intend to continue that streak and hopefully at least match last year’s journey to the third round.
The Lady Falcons have eight players returning and a senior class of six which has been the core of the team since the school’s inception, said Timber Creek head coach Mike King.
King started at Timber Creek when the doors were first opened five years ago, with the first season having been played on the JV level.
Those seniors, Cat Sebavco, Kayla Klinger, Bailey Ruby, Michelle Hernandez, Christina Hayden and Kylie Hunt, should shoulder enough leadership for another playoff run and serve as tutors for the next generation of Lady Falcons.
“We have a really competitive group and we have kids stepping up to fill roles,” King said. “We anticipate being very competitive in the district, which is one of the toughest in state.”
Last year’s squad made it to the regional quarterfinals, an improvement on the previous two years which saw the team enter the second round.
In addition to the Senior Six, King said freshman Haley Ward was already showing signs of being a player the team could count on.
Thus far in two scrimmages, there are signs the full team is developing the synchronization needed to excel.
After the first scrimmage with Weatherford, King said he wasn’t quite as pleased in the win as he was when the Lady Falcons played defending 4A state champion, Denton Guyer, even though Timber Creek lost 1-0.
“The first two scrimmages we played a lot of kids in a lot of positions,” King said. “In the Guyer scrimmage, I was happy with how we played as a team as a whole. We had a lot more focus on what we do well. When we play that way, we’re a good team. When we possess the ball and keep it on the ground, we’re a really good team. When those things break down, we’re in trouble,” he added.
Timber Creek still had a scrimmage on Tuesday at Arlington before opening the season in the Rex King Memorial Tournament, hosted by the Lady Falcons.
The tournament is named in honor of King’s late father, and the proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Community Hospice of Texas.
This is the third year of the Rex King Tournament, which was originally the Timber Creek Invitational Tournament.
Coach King credits his father for him becoming a teacher and soccer coach, as his father had been a long-time soccer coach himself.
All total, the late Mr. King coached youth soccer for 20 years, served on the Hurst United Soccer Association Board of Directors, and won two TOC State Championships. He passed away on March 14, 2011 and was admitted to Community Hospice of Texas for his final days, which the King family said was a godsend and is forever grateful for the care received in the difficult time.
The Rex King Memorial Tournament is scheduled for Thursday-Saturday, with divisions for boys and girls varsity and junior varsity. The tournament games will be played at both Timber Creek and Fossil Ridge fields.
The Timber Creek girls will open on Thursday at 8 p.m. against Molina at the Falcon’s home field. Fossil Ridge will open the girls tournament at 4 p.m. against Buda Hays at Fossil Ridge’s field.
The Fossil Ridge boys will kick off at 2 p.m. when they host Byron Nelson while the Timber Creek boys will play at 2 p.m. at their own school against Carter Riverside.
The junior varsity division will include teams from Timber Creek, Fossil Ridge, Central, Byron Nelson and Aledo among others.