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 #4 game of the year.
4. McKinney North vs. McKinney High (girls soccer)
One of the things I remember most about this night is that it was cold and windy and I actually ended up getting sick. I had just gotten out of another soccer game (which will appear later on in the countdown) and by the time I arrived at McKinney’s auxiliary field, the first half was over and the Lionettes were up 1-0 following an Abby Smith goal.
In their first meeting of the year, MHS and North played to a shootout and the result was a win for the Lionettes. With the second half winding down, the Lady Bulldogs were determined to send the game into another shootout. Then, with 20 minutes remaining in regulation, sophomore Jackie Bucy capitalized on an assist from Alex Williams and put the ball right in the upper left corner of the net to tie the game.
Then game overtime.
After all five players from both sides took their shots at the goal; the score was still tied at 2-2. McKinney North’s seventh player in the shootout was Bucy and she proved to be clutch once again as she zipped by MHS goalkeeper Ariel Kimbrough to score a wide-open goal to put North ahead.
Senior goalkeeper Kerry Edwards blocked the Lionettes’ final attempt to tie the game and the Lady Dawgs celebrated a come from behind Crosstown Showdown win on their rivals’ field.
Player of the Game: sophomore Jackie Bucy (2 goals).
And I Quote: “My sister didn’t get to play and she’s a senior so this was for her. I’m on a real high right now. I’m shaking. I’m so excited – it’s just been a good night” – Jackie Bucy.
Buzz worthy: What made the Lady Bulldogs’ victory over MHS even more amazing was that they managed to pull off the win without three of their starters. Jasmynn Reber, Kacey Ludwig, and Michelle Bucy were all on the injury list and the Lady Dawgs were forced to make several adjustments to the lineup.
-Joe Arriola, TownSquareBuzz.com
*Make sure to check back tomorrow as I continue my Top 5 series with my #3 Game of the Year. *
*At the conclusion of this Top 5 countdown, I will post a TownSquareBuzz Best of 2010-2011 Highlight Video*