Northeast Tarrant

Lady Raiders, Trojans finally meet with playoffs at stake

They’re finally going to play the second L.D. Bell vs. Trinity girls soccer game of the season.

And for one of the teams, the fourth time will be a charm.

The game has been rescheduled three times because of the ice and snow that hit the area in recent weeks. And now, when it is finally played on Saturday (March 21), when the weather is expected to be better, the winner will find themselves moving on to the playoffs.

The teams returned from spring break this week tied for the fourth and final playoff berth from District 7-6A. Trinity was playing at last-place Richland Monday, while Bell will host Southlake Carroll Wednesday (tonight).

Regardless of the outcome of those games, however, who advances to the playoffs will come down to the winner Saturday at Trinity.

Bell defeated Trinity 1-0 in Hurst on Feb. 2. The teams were set to meet in Euless on Feb. 27, but a snowstorm hit the area that week, forcing postponement to the next week.

Then another snowstorm hit. Now, weather permitting, they should finally get the match played.

“We used to play them in the final game of the season and it was an exciting way to end the season,” said Trinity coach Kurt Clawson.

Technically, Trinity could advance with a tie against Bell if the Lady Trojans defeat Richland and the Lady Raiders lose to Southlake Carroll. However, Bell would sweep the season series with Trinity with a win, and would own the tiebreaker that would send the Lady Raiders into the postseason.

“It makes it a playoff game, basically,” Clawson said. “The kids will remember this game years from now.”