Legacy scores on a corner kick vs. Centennial
Legacy 2, Burleson Centennial 0
The Broncos scored twice in a two-minute span to beat the Spartans in the 5A Region I soccer final Saturday at Newsom Stadium in Mansfield to clinch their first trip to the state tournament at Birkelbach Field in Georgetown.
Legacy (23-1-2) will play in the state semifinals at either 9:30 a.m. or noon Thursday.
“It’s been a dream come true,” senior Ashley Perez said. “We’ve imagined this since the beginning of the season. It was goal we set, and for it to actually be happening, it’s breath-taking.”
The game was scheduled for 12:30 p.m. in Wichita Falls, but because of inclement weather, the two sides agreed to move it closer to home in Mansfield with a 7:30 p.m. start.
Rain and 25 mph winds played a factor as Legacy, which had the wind in its favor in the first half, got a second goal when Brenna Scheffler finished off a corner kick by Lilee Simpson in the 27th minute.
“Kamryn Blevins is usually known to start at the back of the 18 and just come screening in and tapping in the goal, so at the beginning of the game I told myself, you know what, I’m going to score today,” Scheffler said.
Legacy took a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute when a shot attempt bounced off the right post and Olivia Jackson squeezed it past the goal keeper. The Broncos back line and goalkeeper Tatum Krueger picked up their fourth-straight shutout and 20th overall.
The Spartans (22-2-2) reached the regional tourney for the first time in eight playoff appearances.
Carroll 6, Pearce 0
Even a four-hour lightning delay couldn’t stop the Dragons as they scored all six goals in the first half to knock out the Mustangs (21-5-1) in the 6A Region I final at McKinney ISD Stadium.
Carroll (26-1-2) clinches a state berth for the fifth time and the first since 2013. The Dragons will play in the state semifinals at either 9:30 a.m. or noon Friday.
Texas signee Sydney Nobles led with a game-high two goals, while Oklahoma signee Taylor Tufts recorded a goal and four assists to push her season totals to career-highs 30 goals and 23 assists.
Madi Drenowatz scored her 30th of the year. Karina Owens and Baylor commit Sarah Hornyak also found the back of the net.
Carroll’s back line and defense didn’t allow a goal at regionals. Madi Martin earned her 15th shutout of the season.
Stephenville 6, Castleberry 0
The Honey Bees will make their second trip to state after ending the Lions’ best season during the 4A Region I final at Northwest ISD Stadium.
Stephenville (22-1-2), which won state in 2017, kept relentless pressure on Castleberry (22-4), rarely allowing the Lions a shot. The Honey Bees scored twice in a three-minute span in the first half on goals from Haleigh Beam (15th minute) and Gracie Bales (18th) to take a 2-0 lead.
Following a two-hour lightning delay, Stephenville scored three more times. Beam (48th), Abby Harrison (49th) and Ciara Johnston (50th) did the honors, and the Honey Bees led 5-0. Harrison’s second goal of the game came in the 59th minute. The Honey Bees will play in the state semifinals at either 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Castleberry finished its best season with its first trip to the regional final. The Lions set a program record with 22 wins.
Flower Mound 2, Grand Prairie 0
Two goals during the first seven minutes was enough to send the Jaguars past the Gophers in the 6A Region I final at McKinney Boyd High School and into their first state tournament.
Following a lengthy delay, the two sides moved the game from McKinney ISD Stadium to Boyd. Parker George and Hector Torres scored, and Landon Leach earned the shutout.
Flower Mound (19-3-1) will play in the state semifinals at either 5 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Grand Prairie (21-4-3) reached the regional final for the first time.
Wakeland 1, Mount Pleasant 0
The Wolverines clinched a spot in the state tourney for the fourth straight season and the fifth time in six years.
Todd Fuller hit William Hitchcock from 30 yards out in the 69th minute to eliminate Mt. Pleasant in the 5A Region II final at Standridge Stadium in Carrollton.
Wakeland (20-2-5) looks to three-peat. The Wolverines will play in the state semifinals at either 5 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Midlothian Heritage 3, Kilgore 2
Trailing 2-0, the Jaguars scored three times in the final 17 minutes to beat Kilgore in the 4A Region II final in Tyler and capture their first state tourney berth in program history.
Heritage (24-6-1) will play in the state semifinals at either 4 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Garrett Garvin headed in a Zachary Schmidt assist to pull the Jaguars within 2-1 in the 64th minute. Matthew Stanton tied it with a 25-yard strike in the 69th minute. Heritage won it in the 71st minute with a free kick from Schmidt.