Timber Creek’s girls soccer team is headed for the playoffs, along with Keller, but whether or not Central will join them in the postseason will depend on the final games of the regular season this week.
The final games were scheduled for Monday at 7:30 p.m., after the press deadline, as spring break week affords flexibility in the schedule prior to the start of the playoffs next week.
The fact that Central is even in the discussion of a playoff spot is due, in part, to their 2-1 win over district champion Byron Nelson.
The Lady Chargers had also beaten Fossil Ridge last week to push them ahead of Denton Guyer by two points.
For Timber Creek, the game with Central will be another good test for the Lady Falcons as they head into the playoffs, which start March 24-25 with the bi-district round.
The upstart rivalry between the two schools is building and with games as pivotal as this, it only gets bigger.
In its wins last week, Timber Creek took care of Northwest (2-1) and Denton Guyer (2-0) and the Lady Falcons locked up third place.
“We have a lot of young kids that have bought in and are hard working kids,” said Timber Creek head coach Mike King.
One of Timber Creek’s key players, Courtney Sebazco, had worked out with the U.S. national team a week ago and got a little banged up, King said. She sat out the Guyer game and was likely not going to be in action against Central.
King said Sebazco will get additional rest and be ready to play at full strength for the postseason.
Holding out one of the Lady Falcons’ top players was in no way a concession, King said.
“It will be a spirited game with Central,” he said. “Among the Keller ISD schools, Keller may be the biggest rivalry, but we anticipate (the rivalry with Central) going forward to be in a really tight race with us.”
Keller, which sits in the district runner-up spot, was to play Northwest on Monday. The Lady Indians were three standing points behind Nelson and could salvage a tie for the title should they win their game with Northwest and Byron Nelson stumble against Fossil Ridge.
Although the Lady Indians had lost their shot at winning the championship outright, Keller head coach Billy Giffiths said they would look ahead and put their minds on winning in the playoffs.
Keller took out its frustrations in a focused manner last week, beating Denton Ryan 4-1 and Fossil Ridge 5-0.