By Mike Bruu, TSB Sports Writer
It was a night to forget for the soccer programs at McKinney Boyd High School.
Approximately 90 minutes after the PA announcer at Plano’s Clark Field announced that the Lady Broncos were defeated by A&M Consolidated 3-2 in a shootout on Tuesday evening, the boys found themselves in a similar situation versus Jesuit.
After the first five rounds of the shootout both teams had scored two goals apiece, meaning that the next team to win a round would win the match and advance to the UIL Class 5A Regional Semifinals.
Both teams made their sixth attempts and missed the seventh, bringing up the eighth round of the shootout. In front of an energetic crowd mixed with Bronco and Ranger fans, Jesuit made its shot on a strike that landed in the upper right portion of the goal. Having to score to keep the match going, freshman Kyle Bennett readied himself for his attempt.
The ref raised the flag and Bennett began to advance towards the net. Jesuit goalkeeper Matt Tulli immediately ran towards Bennett, forcing the freshman to stop and prepare for his kick sooner than expected. Bennett’s shot didn’t have much of a chance from the start, as the ball hit Tulli square on and bounced away, officially ending the Broncos playoff run in 2012 with a loss to Jesuit 2-1.
“We just didn’t make enough plays tonight,” said Boyd head coach Casey Osborn after the loss. “You can’t beat a team like Jesuit making the kind of mistakes we made tonight.”
After the Broncos tied the score 1-1 off junior Raul Serrano’s goal in the 51st minute of the match, Boyd outshot and outplayed the Rangers for the remaining of regulation, including four solid shots on goal in the final 15 minutes of regulation and allowing no shots on net for Jesuit in the overtime halves.
As is with every playoff loss, the Bronco players and coaches could only bow their heads in disbelief that the season was officially over. Many of the seniors were in tears while they went around the sideline and hugged one another, a sight that brought emotions out for many of the students and parents who stuck around after the match.
Just trying to find words to say after an emotional match, Osborn was disappointed that the squad did not reach their expectations for the season. But he was proud of the way they performed all season long.
“Obviously we wanted to win a state championship,” he said, “but we can sleep well tonight knowing we left everything out on the field.”
When asked about how difficult it was to say farewell to this senior class, Osborn didn’t have to say much to describe just how important they were.
“It’s very tough to leave this group,” he said. “I’m so proud of them.”
The Broncos finished the 2012 campaign with an 18-4-4 record overall, including the District 10-5A championship with a mark of 12-2-0.