With icy weather making the match between Lake Ridge and Legacy questionable for Tuesday, the game remained a critical piece for determining the upper standings of the girls district soccer chase.
The two teams were tied for the second spot behind Burleson Centennial heading into the week. The game was scheduled to be played after the press deadline; results can be found at www.dfwvarsity.com.
Lake Ridge is coming off a 5-1 win over Everman on Friday and an earlier 2-1 win over Summit.
“The game with Legacy is obviously a very big game,” said Lake Ridge head coach Kim Wallace.
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Even with a 2-0 win over Legacy in the first round of district play, Wallace said she emphasizes to her Lady Eagles squad to never take anything for granted.
“I tell them not to underestimate anyone in the second round,” she said. “Just as we’ve gotten better as the season has gone on, other teams have improved, too. We have to play with intensity every minute of every game.”
The intensity for the Lady Eagles has picked up for the second-year program. Last year, Lake Ridge totaled just three wins for the season. They were at 6-3 in district play before Tuesday’s scheduled game.
Much of the improvement has come from the offense, where it was a struggle to score in their inaugural season.
Following the Legacy game, the Lady Eagles will have another opportunity as they take on Burleson on Friday.
The second-year program is reluctant to look ahead to the playoffs, partly due to knowing there are still too many points to be won or lost in the remaining games. “We have to be consistent to maintain second place,” Wallace said.
But Wallace said the chance to be in the postseason is somewhat unexpected.
“I don’t think many would’ve expected we’d have the season we’re having,” Wallace said. “Hopefully we’ll be looking at the playoffs. The team is just willing to learn.”
• Summit also continues to fight for a playoff spot.
The Lady Jaguars were in fourth place and were scheduled to take on Seguin on Monday and Crowley on Friday.
“We’re basically in must-win mode now with four games left,” said Summit head coach Kirby Davis.
Summit will finish with Centennial and Legacy. The Lady Jaguars lost just 2-1 to Lake Ridge in their contest last week.
The game cancellations and weather-impacted practice schedule may have hindered the young team. They started off the season at 6-1 but now focus only on what is ahead on the schedule, Davis said.
• Legacy likely has the toughest road down the stretch, starting with the game with Lake Ridge. They’ll finish up with Centennial, Burleson and then Summit.
• Mansfield continues to lead District 7-5A and is looking toward Senior Night on Friday when they host Duncanville. They’ll wind up with Grand Prairie and Cedar Hill at home before finishing at DeSoto.
• Timberview was hosting DeSoto on Monday and will travel to South Grand Prairie on Friday.