High School Sports

Carroll girls win thriller, Burleson Centennial girls upset Grapevine; Sam Houston boys advance

Southlake Carroll defeated Coppell in the 6A Region I quarterfinals at Denton HS, Friday April 5, 2019.
Southlake Carroll defeated Coppell in the 6A Region I quarterfinals at Denton HS, Friday April 5, 2019.

GIRLS

Carroll 3, Coppell 1 OT

When you have the nation’s No. 4 and No. 5 team battling it out, it’s only fitting it goes to extra time.

Taylor Tufts sent a rocket from 25 yards in the 81st minute, and Karina Owens added an insurance goal three minutes later to send the Dragons (24-1-2) past the Cowgirls in a 6A Region I quarterfinal soccer game Friday at Denton High School.

“We’ve always been that team if we have a little adversity, we have that someone who will step up to make a play and it was Taylor Tufts and it was an unbelievable effort by her,” SLC coach Matt Colvin said.

Both teams appeared to be even early, until Sarah Hornyak found Madi Drenowatz for her team-leading 28th goal of the season. It came in the 21st minute to give Carroll a 1-0 lead.

With 10 minutes left in regulation, Coppell (26-2-1) tied it with a goal from Montse Lomeli.

The Dragons make the trip to the regional tourney for the fifth time in seven years to face Frenship on Friday, April 12, at noon from McKinney ISD Stadium.

“2-1 wouldn’t have been enough, we had to get that third goal and still had to fight to finish the game,” Colvin said. “I thought our back line played great, thought it was the best game they’ve played all year long.”

Arlington 1, San Angelo Central 0

Olivia Alvarez found Caroline Pool, who scored in the 12th minute, and the Colts shut down the Bobcats to win a 6A Region I quarterfinal game from McMurry University. Hannah Falks earned the shutout.

“I saw the girl in front of me and decided to take a chance. I’m very thankful that it went in,” Pool said. “San Angelo was a very physical team. I’m so happy for my teammates. We have worked extremely hard to get here, and I’m so thankful for my team.”

The Colts (19-2-3), who picked up their 16th consecutive win, clinch a spot in the regional tournament for the first time since 2012.

SA Central entered the day 19-0-5 and on a 13-game winning streak. Pool’s goal was just the fourth allowed by the Bobcats all season.

“Everything was super intense during the last five minutes, but everyone’s mindset was set on not letting them score,” Falks said. “Once the buzzer sounded, there was this huge sense of relief and elation for everyone.”

Aledo 3, El Dorado 2 OT

Brooke Jones’ 16th goal of the season hit the back of the net in the 95th minute to send the Bearcats past the Aztecs in a 5A Region I quarterfinal game at Frenship and into the regional tourney for the second time in three years.

Jones took an El Dorado (22-3) goal kick without a defender on her and sailed it in from 35 yards.

“I saw the goalie sprinting back to the goal because she took the kick, so I just took a touch and chipped it to the far side, and it sailed in,” Jones said. “Oh my word, I immediately turned around and huddled with all the girls and was just so insanely happy in that moment.”

Freshman Ashlyn Laughley scored her 21st and 22nd goals of the season during regulation. Aledo (19-2-5) faces Legacy at the regional tournament at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12, at Wichita Falls’ Memorial Stadium.

Legacy 3, Burleson 0

Tatum Krueger, who made the game-clinching save in PKs during the area round, earned the shutout, and the Broncos eliminated the Elks in a 5A Region I quarterfinal game at Arlington Martin. Brigid Murray, Olivia Jackson and Lexi Luna scored for Legacy. Lilee Simpson, Kaylee Murray and Ashley Perez earned assists.

Legacy (21-1-2), advances to the regional tourney for the fourth time in five years to play Aledo at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12, at Wichita Falls’ Memorial Stadium.

“It’s been such a great ride so far,” Krueger said. “It’s been super emotional for me. Being able to save three PKs in area was incredible. I’m so blessed to be given this opportunity to play with these girls.”

Burleson Centennial 2, Grapevine 1

The Spartans took the lead with a late goal, then held off the Mustangs in a 5A Region I quarterfinal game at Newsom Stadium in Mansfield. Centennial heads to the regional tourney for the first time in eight playoff appearances.

Centennial (21-1-2) will play Lubbock Coronado at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 12, at Wichita Falls’ Memorial Stadium.

Grapevine (22-2-3) had gone to state three of the past four years.

BOYS

Sam Houston 3, Frenship 0

Jose Ortiz scored twice, and Leo Ramirez added another goal to send the Texans to the 6A Region I tournament for the third time in the past five years. They will play Grand Prairie at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 12, from McKinney ISD Stadium.

Nate Kopetsky picked up two assists for the Texans (21-5).

Lake Dallas 3, Arlington Heights 2

Anthony Patti scored the final two goals, including the game-winner in the 65th minute, to send the Falcons past the Yellow Jackets in a 5A Region I quarterfinal game at Northwest ISD Stadium.

Lake Dallas (20-1-4) will play Wichita Falls in the regional tourney at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 12, at Wichita Falls’ Memorial Stadium.

Michael Somerville scored in the 28th minute to give Heights (20-4-1) a 1-0 lead, while Jack Wyatt gave the Yellow Jackets a 2-1 lead in the 50th minute.

Bowie 3, Trinity 0

For the second time in three years, the Volunteers are headed to the 6A Region I tourney after they took down the Trojans in a quarterfinal game at Mustang-Panther Stadium.

The Vols will play Flower Mound at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 12, from McKinney ISD Stadium.

Trinity (15-6-2) made its first trip past the second round in program history.

Burleson 3, Birdville 2

Freddy Hernandez scored twice including the game winner in the 69th minute to send the Elks past the Hawks in a 5A Region I quarterfinal game at RL Anderson Stadium in Mansfield.

Burleson (22-1-5) will face EP Bel Air at 11:30 p.m. Friday April 12, at Wichita Falls’ Memorial Stadium in its first appearance to the regional tournament since 1998.

Hernandez and Edgar Zaragoza gave the Elks a 2-0 lead, but Birdville (21-6-1) tied it at 2 at halftime.

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Born and raised in Hawaii, Brian Gosset graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in journalism before coming to Texas in 2014. He’s covered high school sports — yes, pretty much every high school sport — for the Star-Telegram ever since.
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