All three of the Keller ISD girls soccer playoff teams dropped decisions in the bi-district round last week, capping otherwise successful seasons.
Keller, Timber Creek and Central, finishing second, third and fourth respectively in District 5-6A, were matched with one of the toughest districts for a first-round pairing.
Keller dropped its playoff game to Plano, 5-2, to end the Lady Indians’ season.
They finished the season at 18-3-3.
They young team – which will graduate just three seniors (and just one starter) – was able to make a legitimate push for a district title but fell short.
“We have a great group of talented kids,” Keller head coach Billy Griffiths said. “We just ran into a very strong district (6-6A) in the first round.”
Among those returning next year will be leading scorer A.K. Ward. She’ll certainly have plenty of support with the offense as well as the nucleus of a stingy defense.
“We’ll keep at it,” Griffiths said, already looking ahead, “and we’ll be back next year.”
Timber Creek finished third in the district but couldn’t make the season last any longer.
The Lady Falcons lost to Flower Mound Marcus, 3-0. They end the season at 15-6-2.
“I’m very proud of them,” said Timber Creek head coach Mike King. “They overcame many different lineups because of injuries … and still produced one of our best regular seasons to date.”
Some of those injuries belonged to one of Timber Creek’s best players, Courtney Sebazco. She had been out of the lineup the last few games and King elected to allow the promising player to heal fully and not risk further time out of the sport.
Every player available was needed as the Lady Falcons had to find their rhythm against Marcus.
“We just never found our stride until the last 20 minutes of the second half in the playoff game,” King said.
It certainly wasn’t any easier for Central, as it took on District 6-6A’s champion, Allen.
The Lady Chargers’ 3-0 loss to Allen ended the season of a team well described as a scrappy, never-say-die team.
“They continued to demonstrate true teamwork and heart up until the very last second,” said Central head coach Lauren Arias. “This team battled some tough, talented teams throughout the season, including Allen, and yet they never viewed themselves as defeated.”
Central had to knock off district champ Byron Nelson and then took its playoff chances to the final regular season game before sealing its postseason opportunity.
“They fought and played with every ounce of effort which for us, made this an unbelievably successful season. We feel that we ended on a positive note and look forward to carrying this success into next season,” Arias said.
Central will graduate six senior players and even loses three managers from this year’s squad.