Mansfield Sports

Will top seed benefit Legacy girls soccer in playoffs?

As the Legacy girls soccer team enters the playoffs this week, for the first time it’s the district’s top seed.

Whether the Legacy squad can use the better seeding to its advantage remains to be seen, but the Lady Broncos are playing like a team destined for a long run.

The other perspective is held by Lake Ridge, the third-place team coming out of District 14-5A.

The Lady Eagles certainly had their sights set on a higher finish, but when it’s all said and done, the goal has been achieved.

Lake Ridge head coach Kim Wallace had commented at the conclusion of the season the team’s goal of reaching the playoffs had been met and “district seeding doesn’t determine playoff success, so we are just thankful for another opportunity to make a run for a state title.”

Those chances to earn a state championship start this week.

Legacy is set to take on Dallas Adamson on Thursday at Cedar Hill at 7 p.m. Lake Ridge will face Dallas Samuell at 6 p.m. Thursday at Pleasant Grove.

The teams had the spring break week to prepare and relax as the “second season” gets rolling this weekend.

“I gave [the team] some time to recover but we did some light practice, as well,” said Legacy head coach Heather Wilson. “We still have a full week to prepare when we return [from spring break] so that helps allow for some recovery time.”

Wilson noted that having played an entire season of two games per week, the Lady Broncos should be well-equipped to prepare for the first game at the end of this week.

Legacy isn’t the only local team heading into the playoffs as the top seed coming out of their district.

Mansfield blazed through District 8-6A and will be paired with the fourth-place team of District 7-6A.

The Lady Tigers will face Colleyville Heritage in the bi-district round of the playoffs later this week.

That top seed will aid the Lady Tigers in being better prepared to catch perennial powers Coppell or Southlake Carroll later in the brackets.

It was Carroll that abruptly ended Mansfield’s season in the first round last year after the Lady Tigers had come in as the third seed from the district.

With the momentum built from going through the district schedule undefeated, Mansfield could be well-poised to use the boost and experience from last year to make a legitimate run at a state tournament bid.