Just two games remained in the regular season heading into this week of girls soccer play, and Keller and Timber Creek are positioned for the playoffs. Central is still in the picture as the final games play out.
But a few of the Tuesday games will go a long way in determining whether or not Timber Creek will take one of the final spots.
The results of the Tuesday games will likely put just as bright a spotlight on Friday’s games. They could also build the foundation for the possibility of a three-way tie for the final spot.
The biggest game early this week pitted the Lady Falcons against Denton Guyer. The two teams were fighting for fourth place, along with Central, which was to play Byron Nelson on Tuesday.
The games were played after the press deadline, but results can be found at www.dfwvarsity.com.
Central and Guyer were tied for fifth place with 10 points, with Timber Creek just ahead with 12.
Keller was in second place behind Byron Nelson by a single point in the standings, while Timber Creek was holding onto the final spot.
Much of the final positioning was established in last week’s Keller 2-0 win over Timber Creek.
Timber Creek came back later in the week to beat Northwest, 3-1, and push just ahead of Guyer for fourth place.
Central had knocked off Guyer last week, 2-1, to draw even with the Lady Wildcats.
In Timber Creek’s first meeting with Guyer, it ended in the kind of result you might expect for the tangle currently seen in District 5-6A.
The 1-1 draw helped set the stage for the second game between Timber Creek and Guyer.
The Lady Falcons can’t rest after the Guyer game, either, as Central awaits them on Friday, and the Lady Chargers are just a game behind Timber Creek.
The team is young and inexperienced at Timber Creek, and head coach Mike King said they’ve taken on even more of a challenge.
Last week, injuries forced the Lady Falcons to play without four of their starters in the win over Northwest.
“We’re young and inexperienced but we’re very disciplined,” King said. “Nothing gets in their head. They know who they are and the game doesn’t change for them. If we do what we do well, we’ll be successful.”
The rodeo for Timber Creek will tell if the Lady Falcons are playing past this week or not.
“Guyer and Central are huge, fast and strong teams,” King said. “We’ll put a saddle on them and ride them around the field.”
With Central just two points behind Timber Creek, even a win on Tuesday over Guyer doesn’t give the Lady Falcons room for celebration.
The game with Central could prove pivotal, although the Lady Chargers still have to get past Nelson in their Tuesday game.
Central isn’t ready to shed a tear over Timber Creek’s injury situation, as the Lady Chargers have lost three of their own starters to ACL tears.
“We’ve overcome one going down and made changes and then another one goes down,” said Central head coach Lauren Arias. “Then we had another one against Keller.
“We’ve been in every game, but we’ve given up goals in the last 10 minutes of about four games,” Arias continued. “It’s been one of those seasons in what should have gone your way doesn’t go your way. The girls won’t quit. They keep battling and that’s why we’re still contending for a spot.”
While Timber Creek will finish at Central on Friday, Keller was to take on Fossil Ridge earlier in the week and wind up the regular season on Friday at Northwest.
Keller was ahead of Nelson in the district race before the two teams met head-on and the Bobcats came away with a 2-0 win.
The Lady Indians came back to beat Denton Ryan, 2-0, but were still a point back, as Nelson also posted a win over Guyer.
Nelson will finish on Friday at Fossil Ridge.