Katy Tompkins entered Saturday’s Class 6A girls soccer state championship game as the No. 1 team in the nation at a perfect 26-0.
But that only seemed to fuel Southlake Carroll.
Carroll, ranked No. 5, scored three goals in the first 19 minutes and put away the Falcons 5-0 at Birkelbach Field.
The Dragons (28-1-2) capture their second state title in program history and their first since 2008.
“I told the girls the last time Tiger won a major was 11 years ago,” laughed coach Matt Colvin.
“It’s a great thing when your two best games are the regional final (Carroll beat Pearce 6-0), and the state final. It’s nice to peak at that time; you can do some good things. The girls prepared and stayed focus the past month. It was all business, and I’m proud of the group, the coaches and the community.”
Senior Madi Drenowatz, who will continue her career at Rochester College, was named state title game MVP after scoring three goals, which tied for most in a championship game in the largest classification.
Carroll also tied the 1998 Arlington Martin team for most goals in a championship game in the largest classification.
“We do everything for each other and for our coaches because as badly as we want it, the coaches are in it every year,” Drenowatz said. “We’re only here for four years, and Colvin has been here since 2001. He’s only won it once, and the fact we were able to give him another means the world to me.”
Carroll’s first goal came in the 8th minute, when Oklahoma signee Taylor Tufts’ shot attempt inside the box went off a Tompkins’ defender and through the legs of another, right to Drenowatz for her team-leading 32nd goal of the year.
Four minutes later, Drenowatz was on the board again, via the header, when she took a ball off the foot of Baylor commit Sarah Hornyak that ricocheted off the top post.
The Dragons added to their lead, 3-0, when Tufts scored in the 19th minute as her shot took a bounce over the diving Tompkins’ goal keeper.
Drenowatz completed the hat trick when her goal in the 52nd minute gave Carroll a 4-0 lead. She took a pass from University of Texas-bound senior Sydney Nobles to score and tie Plano West’s Brooke Bowman and Plano’s Kelly Kochevar for most goals at the state tourney in the largest classification. Bowman did it in the 2002 state final.
“That’s really shocking. I didn’t know that, but that’s awesome,” said Drenowatz, who scored in her 15th consecutive game.
“Madi has been big all year long for us,” Colvin added. “We have someone to lean on, and we have several of those, but it’s great that she was able to be the one today.”
Nobles scored three minutes later when Tufts’ corner attempt was stopped by the Tompkins’ goalkeeper, but wasn’t held, allowing the future Longhorn to tap in Carroll’s fifth goal.
“We don’t stop until that whistle is blown, and we jumped on them early,” Tufts said. “I’m so excited. This was our goal for the past four years, and it’s finally here. We did it.”
The Dragons out-shot the Falcons 15-8 with nine shots coming after intermission. Senior goal keeper Madi Martin made seven saves.
“This was the position we wanted to be in. We wanted to prove how good we were,” said Martin, who finished with her career-high 17th shutout. “Tompkins being No. 1 really lit a fire under us. We had to keep pushing and make a statement because we weren’t going to travel to state just to get second.”