Kennedale girls shut out Mineral Wells in regional semifinals
Kennedale scored two early goals and added two more in the second half to beat Mineral Wells 4-0 in the Class 4A Region I girls semifinal Friday at Birdville Fine Arts/Athletics Complex.
The Wildcats (22-1-1) meet Stephenville (22-4) at 11 a.m. Saturday. Kennedale seeks a third straight trip to the UIL state tournament, where they have won the last two 4A titles.
Eryka McIntyre poked in her 31st goal of the season off the feed from Cara Hunt to make it 1-0 in the seventh minute. Less than a minute later, Alondra Olmos scored her 21st goal on a shot from 25 yards out that bounced into the bottom left corner of the net.
McIntyre handled the ball and got past three defenders before slicing in her second goal, in the 53rd minute. She nearly got the hat trick two minutes later. Goalkeeper Reagan Carter made a save for the Rams (12-12-1), but Hannah Biles knocked in the rebound for a 4-0 lead.
Southlake Carroll 3, Wolfforth Frenship 1
The Dragons (21-1-2) rallied with all their goals in a span of about 10 minutes of the second half to defeat the Tigers (22-3) at Grande Communications Stadium in Midland, setting up a Saturday matchup with Keller in the 6A Region I final.
Carroll senior midfielder Neaka Khalilian had a hand in all three goals, scoring two and assisting on the other.
First, Khalilian corralled a long punt from keeper Madison Martin to level the score at 1-1 in the 48th minute.
Shortly after that, Khalilian served a corner kick that Alli Gardner buried, and Carroll was in front. Minutes later, it was Khalilian again, this time from Sydney Nobles, to make it 3-1 Dragons.
“She found herself in some good, wide spots today and was able to get forward,” Carroll coach Matt Colvin said. “She made some good decisions around the goal, too, when to shoot and when to pass. It was an excellent performance from her, and you need those kinds of performances in the playoffs.”
From there, with a little over 20 minutes remaining, Carroll locked down defensively and limited chances for the Tigers to get back into the match. Carroll last reached the state tournament in 2013.
Keller 2, Flower Mound Marcus 0
The Indians (21-2-2) got an early free-kick goal from junior Maddy Ellis, followed by Berklee Peters’ header off teammate AK Ward’s corner kick to beat the Marauders (16-3-2).
Keller meets Carroll at noon Saturday in the 6A Region I final.
Keller actually wanted to play into a strong wind in the first half, but lost the coin toss. So head coach Billy Griffiths said his team knew it had to press and take advantage.
“To get the goal early in the first half with the wind, was big,” he said. “It was huge.”
This was the second time Keller has reached the regional semifinal in Griffith’s 12 seasons at the school, and the first time to advance to the regional final.
Aledo 2, El Paso Andress 0
Oklahoma State signee Cameron Huddleston scored once in each half to lead the Bearcats (20-3-3) past the Eagles (18-8-1) in a 5A Region I semifinal at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls.
The Bearcats meet Lubbock Monterey (28-0-1) at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the region final.
Aledo will be making its first appearance in the regional finals since 2008 thanks to Huddleston, who opened the scoring in the 26th minute by taking a pass from Peyton Laughley and ripping it into the top of the net from 15 yards out.
The Bearcats dictated play for much of the match and doubled their lead in the 49th minute when Huddleston took advantage of an Andress turnover for her 20th goal this season.
Aledo goalie Makenzie Covington made three saves to shut out Andress, which had lost to El Paso High 5-1 earlier in the week but advanced Wednesday because El Paso High reported an ineligible player.
“Defensively Andress worked hard,” Aledo coach Bryan Johnson said. “We almost got lulled into it, but Cameron had a couple of really nice strikes and Makenzie came up with a couple big saves that helped us out a lot.”
Lubbock Monterey 4, Grapevine 2
State 5A finalists a year ago, the Mustangs (20-4) allowed all four goals in the second half as the Plainsmen (23-0-1) rallied from a two-goal deficit.
“You could definitely see there was a momentum-shift after it became 2-1, although I was still very comfortable with where we were at,” Grapevine coach Steve McBride said. “We wanted to see how they would react under pressure, and they came out and continued on their journey. As wonky as the game was, it’s a cruel game, too.”
Highland Park 3, Mansfield Lake Ridge 1
After Mansfield Lake Ridge defender Piscilla Clark squeezed in a goal in the 15th minute Friday at Carrollton’s Standridge Stadium, the Eagles did all they could to make the 1-0 lead stand up.
But in the 62nd minute, Highland Park’s relentless offensive attack finally broke through the wall that goalkeeper Brooke Lampe had set up. Highland Park forward Presley Echols separated herself from her defender, took a pass on the left side and tied the game, 1-1, with a laser beam from 10 yards out.
She scored again in the 69th minute, and the Scots (24-0) got a third goal in the 80th minute to win this Class 5A Region II semifinal.
Lake Ridge (17-5-2) had a tough time creating genuine scoring opportunities, as the ball stayed on their half of the field for extended periods, leaving Lampe and her defenders to thwart attacking wave after attacking wave.
Prosper 5, Mansfield Legacy 1
Mansfield Legacy senior forward Heaven Conner tied the game at 1-1 in the 18th minute at Standridge Stadium, but Prosper poured in four unanswered goals on their way to a 5A Region II semifinal win.
The Eagles (26-0-1) meet Highland Park (24-0) at 10 a.m. Saturday in the regional final. Legacy ends the season with a record of 20-3-1.
Prosper scored three goals in a span of six minutes late in the first half to break the game open. Mo Ordonez’ header just inside the six-yard box in the 27th minute ignited the run.
Hailey Davidson scored five minutes later as she split the Legacy defense on a run through the middle of the field. Diana Ordonez made it 4-1 in the 33rd minute. Davidson and Diana Ordonez each had two goals.