The Mansfield girls soccer team was to play district leader Midlothian on Tuesday, but regardless of the outcome, the Lady Tigers will be headed into the playoffs. In third place, Mansfield was feeling at ease when taking on the district champion Lady Panthers.
In another match-up early in the week, South Grand Prairie was to play fourth-place Cedar Hill on Tuesday. Should Mansfield win and South Grand Prairie falter, the Lady Tigers could jump to the number two seed when the playoffs begin next week.
Cedar Hill, which gave Mansfield a tight game recently, could have enough firepower to get past South Grand Prairie.
Cedar Hill had scored first, but Mansfield was able to fall back into more composed play in the second half to win 2-1.
“They gave us a good game,” Mansfield head coach George Velten said of Cedar Hill. “If they can find a way to beat South Grand Prairie and we can beat Midlothian, we could go to second.”
Velten said the key heading into the playoffs is to finish in the top two and stay away from the unfavorable match-up in the bi-district round with District 7-6A.
The top teams in 7-6A are Coppell and Southlake Carroll.
“If you can get past them,” Velten said of the bi-district round, “there’s no telling how far you can go.”
Mansfield has been on a bit of a hot streak and Velten mentioned that this is the time of year you hope to see the elements all come together.
“You hope for best, get on a little bit of a win streak and continue to improve,” he said.
With the current standings, a first-round playoff game with Carroll is in the cards. The Lady Tigers started the season in a bit of a lull, Velten said, but have picked it up since the first part of the district schedule.
“We didn’t have our best game against Duncanville,” Velten said of a costly win that got away which could have pushed them into a tie for second place. “If we can’t score, we can’t win. If we win that game and we’re already tied for second with South Grand Prairie, then we’re looking to finish second all alone.”
The first round of the playoffs will start on March 26.
Lake Ridge is looking to put the finishing touches on its district championship season as the Lady Eagles were to play Legacy on Tuesday.
Lake Ridge got past Waxahachie 2-0 last week and Legacy beat Waxahachie 3-0, setting up the final regular-season game for the two teams as they faced each other. Lake Ridge will finish atop the District 14-5A and take the top seed into the playoffs. Legacy will finish second with Red Oak and Waxahachie following in order.
Red Oak had been the pre-season favorites in the district.
The return to action has Lake Ridge head coach Kim Wallace looking forward to getting back to more competition as the recent weather over the last two weeks have limited the Lady Eagles’ practice time.
After the Legacy game, Lake Ridge and the Lady Broncos will have over a week to prepare for their bi-district games.
Seagoville is the likely first opponent for Lake Ridge, and Legacy could be facing Dallas Adamson.
“When we get to the playoffs, I’ll look at brackets and then start preparations,” said the third-year head coach at Lake Ridge.
“I tell the girls I’d put them up against anybody,” Wallace said. “I am very confident in them.”
Summit finished with Lancaster on Tuesday, while Timberview capped its season last week. The Lady Wolves nipped Summit 1-0, in their final game.