Mansfield Sports

Lake Ridge, Legacy girls soccer advance

Eryn Harrington scored the goal that kept the postseason alive for Lake Ridge in the area round against Lufkin.
Eryn Harrington scored the goal that kept the postseason alive for Lake Ridge in the area round against Lufkin.

The Class 5A playoffs continue for Mansfield ISD girls soccer teams, but the 6A brackets will continue without one.

Legacy and Lake Ridge both picked up their second wins in the playoffs last week. Mansfield, though, fell in the area round.

On the top side of the Region II bracket, Lake Ridge got past Lufkin, 2-1, in a 3-1 shootout win.

The Lady Eagles were down 1-0 at the half and were able to battle back and score to take the game into the shootout.

Eryn Harrington scored the game equalizer for Lake Ridge.

“I’m proud of how the girls played on Friday,” said Kim Wallace, the Lake Ridge head coach, “particularly in the second half. They never gave up. It was an exciting game and I’m glad we came away with a win.”

“Brooke Lampe was phenomenal in PK’s,” Wallace said.

Next up is Longview (14-1-2) in the regional quarterfinal.

The regional quarterfinal game will be played Tuesday in Terrell. No game time had been set as of the weekend.

With a Lake Ridge win on Tuesday over Longview, the Lady Eagles would play the winner of Frisco Centennial and Prosper.

As for Longview, not a lot was known about the Lady Lobos, winner of District 15. They got past Red Oak, 1-0, last week in the Area round.

If there is to be a Legacy and Lake Ridge face-off in the playoffs, it would come in the regional finals on Saturday.

Legacy beat Lindale, 5-0, and will now play Sulphur Springs (19-7-1) at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Terrell Memorial Stadium.

Sulphur Springs, the third-place team from their district, beat Waxahachie in a shootout, 4-3, to advance.

This will be the second straight third place district team Legacy will face. The premise may be that some teams are peaking at the right time of the season.

For Legacy, that proved to be the case last year.

“Peaking at the right time definitely helps,” said Legacy head coach Heather Wilson. “Last year, we came in second in our district but made it to regionals because everything clicked for us the second round of district and into the playoffs.

“Soccer is a strange sport anyway, because you can outplay a team the whole game and not score, even though you had possession 95 percent of the time,” Wilson said.

The Sulphur Springs squad is led by Mileena Zirretta, who has scored 26 goals for the Lady Wildcats.

With a win over Sulphur Springs, the Lady Broncos would then take on the winner of Wylie East and Frisco on Friday.

“The girls are playing very well right now. I am happy with how they are doing and how hard they are working,” Wilson added.

In 6A, Plano beat Mansfield, 4-2.

The loss put an end to a great season for the Lady Tigers, who finished as District 8-6A champions with a record of 16-3-3.

“The Plano game was tough. We hadn’t lost in two months, so it was tough for all of us,” said Mansfield head coach George Velten.

The Lady Tigers will graduate 13 seniors, so Velten said there will be a ton of spots to fill.

“Since it was my first full off season with the girls, it made a difference, and if you saw us play last year versus this year,” Velten said, “you could tell there was a different style. They have trained tirelessly and their efforts and team chemistry made them a success. I am so proud of all of them and look forward to a good off season and another strong season next year as we are heading to a new district.”

Offensively, Hannah Webb, Julie Shahi and Kendall Boyd stood out, and defensively, Avery Underwood, Rachael Downey, Bailey Bender and Emily Huber all had great seasons, Velten added.