Senior Madi Drenowatz scored her team-leading 31st goal in the 31st minute and University of Texas bound senior Sydney Nobles added a second-half goal to help send Southlake Carroll past Lake Travis, 2-0, during a Class 6A girls soccer state semifinal on Friday at Birkelbach Field.
Carroll (27-1-2) will play the winner between Allen and Katy Tompkins at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
The Dragons are at state for the first time since 2013 and are looking for their first state title since 2008.
“We circled April 20 in the beginning the season and now it’s actually happening. It’s unreal and I’m so excited,” Nobles said.
With wind gusts over 20 MPH throughout the game, Carroll started against it in the first half, but that didn’t stop the Dragons’ offensive push. Carroll had 10 corner attempts during the opening 40 minutes.
Drenowatz’s goal came off a corner when senior Kendall Gilpin’s kick deflected off a Lake Travis player and Baylor commit Sarah Hornyak booted it backwards in the box. The Lake Travis goal keeper was out of the net trying to grab the ball when Drenowatz, who will play at Rochester College, headed in the goal.
Nobles’ 11th goal of the season came in the 56th minute. The future Longhorns forward took a pass from Gilpin from the 40 and beat a defender down field before drilling in a score off her left foot from 15 yards.
“I saw that I could beat her on the outside,” she said. “I faked it with my right, crossed it and saw an opening on the back side of the goal.”
“Sydney is becoming a catalyst for our team and for her to make a big time goal in a big moment like that, she’s really putting the team on her shoulders,” Carroll coach Matt Colvin added.
Carroll, which beat Lake Travis 5-0 earlier in the season, finished with 14 corner attempts and 20 shots, 15 in the second half.
“We were able to get behind them and create some opportunities,” Colvin said. “The nerves were there the first 10 minutes then we got through it.”
The defensive back line and goal keeper Madi Martin didn’t allow a single shot from the Cavaliers (23-5), who reached state for the first time in 12 years.
It’s the Dragons’ 16th shutout of the season.
“It’s really special and crazy how close our goal is,” said senior Bailey Meyer, who will play at Trinity University. “The defense goes into every game with the mentality of being a brick wall. We know if we stay strong and feed our forwards and midfielders that this team is unstoppable.”