Lady Panthers make school history, advance to regional semifinals playoff
Posted by : April 18, 2013| On :
CARROLLTON–The history-making playoff run by the Mabank Lady Panther girls soccer team came to an end at the hands of the Wylie Lady Pirates Saturday.
Last year, the Lady Panthers advanced as far as the regional quarterfinals before losing to the Red Oak Lady Hawks.
This season, Mabank again faced Red Oak in the quarterfinals, and got big win to advance to the semifinals.
Against Wylie, the Lady Pirates jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first half.
As the second half began, Mabank found themselves down 3-0 after a quick score early.
Mabank’s offense lit up as Kelci Hill crossed a perfect ball into the six yard box and Savannah Henderson scored her 76th goal of the season on a header to make it 3-1.
Wylie answered quickly, scoring two more goals to take a 5-1 lead, and that was all it took for the Lady Pirates.
“Wyle was a very talented team,” Mabank head coach Matt Lemoine said. “They had exceptional footwork and moved the ball around the field really well. I give them all the credit in the world.”
The Lady Panthers showed what they were made of as they never gave up, and kept struggling till the end.
“My girls played hard and never stopped fighting. It was only the second time all year that we had more than one goal scored on us in a game,” Lemoine commented.
“This has been a season to remember. The girls have overcome a lot to get to where they are.
“They overcame injuries, a coaching change, a hard playoff schedule and kept finding a way to win. They are extremely competitive and hate to lose.
“They made history at Mabank and were the last 3A team in the state playing soccer. I couldn’t be more proud of them,” Lemoince exclaimed.
Mabank ended the season with an impressive 23-3-3 record and were the District 31-4A champions.