Mansfield Sports

Mansfield girls soccer looking for district sweep

The Mansfield Lady Tigers soccer team, with three games remaining in the district season going into this week, is looking to keep its undefeated district record intact.

The Lady Tigers, coming off 4-1 and 9-0 wins South Grand Prairie and DeSoto respectively, will take on South Grand Prairie and Cedar Hill this week.

Mansfield will conclude the regular season next week with Midlothian on Tuesday.

Midlothian suffered just its second loss of the district schedule last week, so the Lady Tigers will be in a position to lock up the title this week.

“We were hoping it would be for the outright title to really see how the girls handle the pressure,” said Mansfield head coach George Velten.

In addition to putting district title hardware in the trophy case, claiming the top seed heading into the playoffs is a plus.

District 8-6A matches up with District 7-6A in the bi-district round of the playoffs. Last year, the Lady Tigers had to face perennial power Southlake Carroll in the first round.

Lake Ridge is riding the top of the District 14-5A standings heading into the final week. Legacy has also clinched a playoff spot, but how the order falls out is still in question, as key games remained this week.

Legacy, in second place going into the final games, knows this week could make or break a high seed going into the playoffs.

The Lady Broncos were to play Waxahachie on Tuesday and then Lake Ridge in a bit of a showdown on Friday.

“Where we finish will be determined by the last two games,” said Legacy head coach Heather Wilson.

The Lady Broncos have been making steady improvement, Wilson said.

“We are hitting our stride at the right time,” she said.

Behind Legacy is Red Oak and Waxahachie in third and fourth places.

The Lady Broncos are just a game behind Lake Ridge, but the Lady Eagles have a bye on Tuesday.

“The standings are likely to come down to the last game against them (Lake Ridge) on Friday,” Wilson said, noting the Lady Broncos still had to take care of business on Tuesday.

Legacy easily handled Waxahachie, 3-0, in their first meeting. They had also played Lake Ridge to just a 1-0 loss in the first meeting.

“We are fairly evenly-matched with Lake Ridge. We will play hard and see what happens. We are focused on Waxahachie right now,” she said over the weekend.

Lake Ridge, excluding its 2-1 loss to Red Oak on Feb. 16, has picked up momentum.

The Lady Eagles have since put together four straight wins, scoring 26 goals and allowing just one.

Timberview will end its season on Tuesday with Summit.

Summit will still have Lancaster to play on Friday following the Timberview game.