At the beginning of a brand new season, going unbeaten is every team’s dream.
For Texas senior high school women soccer programs, only Coppell and Highland Park can continue to turn individuals dreams into reality.
Coppell (26--3) and Highland Park (22--4) mind to their particular Class 6A semifinals in the UIL Condition Tournament on Friday with perfection on their own mind, because of an ideal mixture of veteran leadership, precocious talent, great training and anticipation.
“I don’t think anybody needs to visit unbeaten for the entire year, ” Highland Park coach Stewart Brown stated. “Once we began playing, we'd a pleasant recipe of expertise and fresh youthful talent that type of clicked on for all of us.Inches
Highland Park’s achievements came each year throughout so it rose in classification, jumping in the old Class 4A to 6A this year.
“We didn’t find out what was coming, ” senior Kate Summer season stated about Class 6A. “We discovered what we should could. People really didn’t have lots of belief in us, but we thought that people might make it pretty far.”
Brown stated they had great chemistry, around the pitch and off, because of his number of senior captains: Summer season, Megan Uhr, Emily O’Neal and Lauren Echols. The 4 were a part of Highland Park’s 2012 Class 4A condition championship team as freshmen and also have a four-season college record of 98-7-12.
“The women have risen to each challenge, ” Brown stated.
He and the coaches were impressed using the work ethic proven through the team in after-Thanksgiving practices, and also the resilience they demonstrated heading down an objective a couple of occasions at the begining of-season competitions.
“We returned to win or tie individuals games, so we hadn’t done that over a couple of years, ” Brown stated. “That would be a telltale sign.”
At the beginning of last year’s 2010 nfl playoffs, Coppell had just began to determine just how it may be — just for its season to finish abruptly having a 1- loss to rival Southlake Carroll within the regional semifinals.
“At virtually no time did we believe that people would lose that, ” Coppell coach Chris Stricker stated. “When we lost, it had been devastating for the children.
“My senior citizens were really like, ‘There’s not a way we will obtain that feeling again.’”
Through hard offseason work along with a more balanced offense — eight gamers have obtained six goals or even more — Coppell hasn’t felt anything near to the sting of defeat. Actually, they has trailed only 42 minutes this year, all in one game — falling behind within the first 1 / 2 of its shootout conquer Plano West in the region round.
Coppell’s primary offensive threat, Baylor signee Sarah King, credited the success to great chemistry.
“I just understood this team would possess a tight bond than any that I’ve performed within senior high school, ” King stated. “Just in the get-go, we simply began meshing very well.Inches
Confidence is justifiably high for Coppell, especially after it sailed a loaded Region I bracket — together with a resounding 3- conquer Carroll within the regional final.