With the 2010-2011 school year in the books, it’s only fitting that we take a look back at some of the season’s great moments and games.
Let me begin today’s column by saying that the following list of the Top 5 games of the year is a personal list because it is limited to the events that I personally attended and covered. At the conclusion of this Top 5 countdown, I will post a TownSquareBuzz Best of 2010-2011 Highlight Video so stay tuned for that.
This was my fourth year covering high school sports in McKinney and it’s undoubtedly been the most exciting of my career as a reporter. So without further adieu, let’s take a look at the #2 game of the year.
2. McKinney Boyd vs. Sachse (girls soccer)
There isn’t a team around that doesn’t want to go out with a win on senior night. Even McKinney North softball coach Dan Sedgwick admitted to scheduling his girls’ senior night a week early so that they could avoid playing undefeated, powerhouse Rockwall. In the case of the Lady Broncos soccer team, they had already clinched the district crown with an 11-0 mark and were playing a Sachse team, which they had previously beaten 5-0 on the road.
All signs pointed to a blowout win for Boyd on senior night but the Lady Mustangs had their sights set on pulling off an upset against the eventual Class 5A state champions.
Sachse’s Emily Wright got her team on the scoreboard in the first half and the Lady Mustangs held onto that lead for the remainder of the half. Following a first half performance that saw the Lady Broncos looking slow and out of synch, head coach Jimmie Lankford gave his girls some much-needed motivation in the team huddle before the start of the second half.
“You’re playing for your seniors and you’re playing for each other,” he said. “It’s time to go out and win this game.”
Once the second half got underway, Boyd wasted little time getting back in the game as Amanda Elertson scored on a penalty kick, zipping the ball right past Sachse goalkeeper Bridget Esquivel.
The Lady Broncos had several near goals in the last 30 minutes of the game but the ball either hit the hands of Esquivel or clanked off the goal posts.
With the game tied at the end of regulation, the two teams were sent back to their sidelines to prepare for overtime. Lankford saw overtime as an automatic advantage for his girls, not because they were the home team but because goalkeeper Kara Dugall loves playing in shootout games.
“I think she would rather do every game like this,” Lankford said.
Sure enough, Dugall was able to hold Sachse scoreless, as Boyd got goals from Elertson and Lauren Katada to put the game away.
The Lady Broncos celebrated their final home victory of the season and the rest, as they say, is history.
Player of the Game: Kara Dugall (held Sachse scoreless in shootout)
And I Quote: “She’s a kid that loves to compete and she loves the shootout.” – Jimmie Lankford on Kara Dugall
Buzz worthy: McKinney Boyd’s final home game of 2011 would not only be the last for all of the Lady Broncos seniors but with recent news of coach Lankford’s resignation, it would be the last for the three-time state champion coach as well.
– Joe Arriola, TownSquareBuzz.com
*Make sure to check back tomorrow as I conclude my Top 5 series with my #1 Game of the Year*
*At the conclusion of this Top 5 countdown, I will post a TownSquareBuzz Best of 2010-2011 Highlight Video*