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Legacy, Centennial girls to meet in regional final; Carroll, Castleberry girls advance

Watch OU signee Taylor Tufts score against Frenship

Carroll senior Taylor Tufts scored two goals during the Dragons' 3-0 win vs. Frenship in the 6A Region I semifinals, Friday April 12, 2019 at McKinney ISD Stadium.
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Carroll senior Taylor Tufts scored two goals during the Dragons' 3-0 win vs. Frenship in the 6A Region I semifinals, Friday April 12, 2019 at McKinney ISD Stadium.

GIRLS

Carroll 3, Frenship 0

Oklahoma signee Taylor Tufts scored twice to hit 70 goals in her career and the Dragons knocked out Frenship in a 6A Region I semifinal soccer game at McKinney ISD Stadium.

The Dragons (25-1-2) will play Pearce in the regional final at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Tufts took a pass from Karina Owens and sent in her first goal during the 24th minute. It marked her 11th game-winning goal of the season, tying Ally Griffin (2016) for most in a single season in program history.

“Frenship is a phenomenal team and really scrappy, especially in the first half,” senior midfielder Kendall Gilpin said. “They were winning all the 50-50 balls, and coach told us at halftime to start winning those in the second half, and that really helped us tremendously.”

Tufts made a Frenship defender and the goalkeeper miss inside the box in the 68th minute for a 2-0 lead.

Madi Drenowatz added her 29th goal, tied with Tufts on the team, in the 77th minute. Madi Martin recorded her 14th shutout of the season and 57th in her career.

“We had to come out with more heart and play harder,” Baylor signee Tara Sumer said.” They gave us a great fight, but in the second half, we just had to put our heads down and finish business.”

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Carroll celebrates its 3-0 win over Frenship in the 6A Region I semifinals on Friday April 12, 2019 at McKinney ISD Stadium. Matthew Smith Southlake Sports Pics

Pearce 1, Arlington 0

Raina Stroescu scored in the 75th minute, and the Mustangs (21-4-1) ended Arlington’s best playoff run in seven years during a 6A Region I semifinal game at McKinney ISD Stadium.

Stroescu took a ball from Kristen Coniglione and hit a towering attempt from 30 yards out that sailed past the reach of Arlington goalkeeper Hannah Falks. The ball scraped the bottom half of the upper post and dropped inside the line for the goal.

Arlington (19-3-3), which reached the regional tournament for the first time since 2012, had a free kick inside 40 yards with under a minute left, but the Colts committed a foul.

“It’s a really special group of girls. We have 10 seniors, and the whole team plays for each other,” Arlington coach Andrea Scott said. “Pearce is a great team, and we knew it was going to be a physical game, but I’m glad we came out and gave it our best.”


High School Huddle Podcast Ep. 28

State bound


Burleson Centennial 2, Lubbock Coronado 1

Brooke Mullins and Ashli Galupi scored as the Spartans knocked off the Mustangs in a 5A Region I semifinal game at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls and into their first regional final.

Mullins scored in the 10th minute, and Galupi added a PK in the 36th minute.

The Spartans (22-1-2), who snapped Coronado’s 17-game winning streak, will play Legacy in the final at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Legacy 1, Aledo 0

Camryn Gonzales scored two minutes in, and the Broncos held off the Bearcats in a 5A Region I semifinal game in Wichita Falls to advance to their first regional final.

Broncos’ goal keeper and Sam Houston State signee Tatum Krueger picked up 19th shutout of the season for the Broncos (22-1-2). Aledo finishes the year 19-3-5.

Castleberry 1, Canyon 0

Caitlin Buendia registered her team-leading 31st goal of the season to push the Lions past the Eagles in a 4A Region I semifinal game at Northwest ISD Stadium and into their first regional final. Alysia Espinoza picked up the assist.

Castleberry (22-3) will play Stephenville, which beat San Elizario 8-1, in the final at 10 a.m. Saturday.

BOYS

Grand Prairie 1, Sam Houston 0

Baltazar Jimenez beat one defender inside the box, then scored past a diving Ever Garza for the only score during the 27th minute as the Gophers eliminated the Texans in a 6A Region I semifinal game at McKinney ISD Stadium.

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Grand Prairie celebrates its 1-0 win over Sam Houston during the 6A Region I semifinals, Friday April 12, 2019 at McKinney ISD Stadium. Matthew Smith Southlake Sports Pics

The Gophers (21-3-3) will play Flower Mound in their first regional final at noon Saturday.

Grand Prairie controlled much of the contest and held the Texans (22-6) scoreless for the first time in their past 29 games.

“They’ve been putting a lot of pressure all year long. They don’t let you breathe, and coach Cruz does a fantastic job with those guys,” Sam Houston coach Joey Rodriguez said.

Sam Houston had two corner kicks in the final minute. The first hit the outside of the net, and the second was stopped twice by the Gophers with under 10 seconds.

“Sometimes the ball doesn’t bounce your way,” Rodriguez said. “They had a nice clear out there near the goal line at the end.”

Junior Jose Ortiz finished the season with 59 goals. He’s been named the Star-Telegram player of the year for the past two seasons.

Flower Mound 3, Bowie 2 (10-9 PKs)

The Jaguars tied the game in the 96th minute and then made all 10 attempts in the shootout to beat the Volunteers in a 6A Region I semifinal game at McKinney ISD Stadium.

“We worked hard until the end,” Bowie coach Brandon Voss said. “If that’s the way to end, that’s the way you have to go.”

Flower Mound (18-3-1) goal keeper Landon Leach made the diving save in Round 10 for the only miss between the two schools. The Jags advance to their first regional final.

Sebastian Rodriguez found Jorge Toledo, who hammered home a goal in the 25th minute to give the Volunteers (17-10) a 1-0 lead, but Flower Mound tied it with a Brock Clayton goal in the 79th minute.

Bowie went up 2-1 when Diego Dimas nailed a PK in the 89th minute with 11 seconds on the clock.

Parker George tied it 2-2 with a goal in the 96th minute, and Aaditya Patil made the 10th and final attempt in PKs for the Jags.

EP Bel Air 3, Burleson 1

Bel Air scored two goals in the first half and added another in the 65th minute to end Burleson’s best playoff run since 1998 during a 5A Region I semifinal game in Wichita Falls.

Bel Air will play Lake Dallas, which beat Wichita Falls 4-2, in the final at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Burleson (21-2-5) scored 57 seconds into the second half with a goal from Caleb Yauger.

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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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