Wednesday , 20 September 2017

Soccer Playoffs: TSB Previews Tuesday’s Regional Quarterfinal Action for Three Remaining MISD Teams

By Mike Bruu, TSB Sports Editor

With just three MISD soccer teams left  in the playoff mix, TownSquareBuzz.com takes a look at the three Regional quarterfinal matchups on Tuesday night involving the McKinney High boys and girls teams, plus the Boyd boys squad. Can the Lionettes upset Sachse? Can McKinney Boyd get some revenge on Dallas Jesuit after a loss to the Rangers last season in the playoffs? Can the Lions top an upset-minded North Mesquite squad at Ron Poe Stadium? Below are previews of each match, including five questions with each head coach of the MISD school.

McKinney Boyd Boys vs. Jesuit
Where: Frisco Memorial Stadium
When: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Round: Class 5A Region II Quarterfinals

McKinney Boyd Notes: Defeated Mesquite Horn 3-0 last week in Area round to advance. Goals in the match were scored by Dillon Farrell, Ben Gupton, and William Wiginton… Five different players have scored goals in the two playoff matches for the Broncos. Connor Kennedy and Ryan Trayner score Boyd’s two goals in the Bi-District win versus Berkner… Broncos lost 2-1 versus Jesuit last season in the third round of the playoffs at Plano’s Clark Stadium… Broncos are 7-3-1 on the road this season.

Jesuit Notes: Defeated Rockwall 2-0 in Area round match to advance. Jesuit topped Allen 2-1 in Bi-District round… Finished second in District 9-5A behind Lake Highlands, finishing 10-2-2… The Rangers defeated Boyd 2-1 last season in third round match in a shootout… Jesuit is 8-3-1 on the road this season.

Five Questions with Boyd head coach Casey Osborn:

1. After outscoring your first two playoff opponents 5-0, how impressed have you been with your squad?

“I think we have played well as a unit the past two playoff games. Collectively, everyone is doing a much better job of identifying, understanding and executing their roles.”

2. Will last year’s playoff loss to Jesuit be a motivation in any way this Tuesday night? 

“With this being the 3rd year in a row we have reached the quarterfinals, (that) is motivation enough. The guys want to get back to the regional tournament and be the best Boyd team ever. Regardless of the opponent, the boys will be ready and bring the intensity and readiness that a playoff game provides.”

3. How different is this year’s Jesuit team compared to last year’s, in your opinion?

“I think this year’s Jesuit team is better. They have some really good players. They are very well coached and they play hard. Add to that, Jesuit has experience in playoffs and have won it all before, so they will definitely be a very good team.”

4. What must your team do in order to come away with a win on Tuesday night? 

“Execute and play the system. Keep doing the things that have made us successful to this point. Keep true to our identity and play our game.”

5. What has most impressed you about the way your team has played the last two matches? 

“The fact that the boys took those games is stride. They acted like they have been here before and carried themselves well. They never panicked. They kept grinding and possessed very well.”

McKinney High Boys vs. North Mesquite
Where: Ron Poe Stadium, McKinney
When: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Round: Class 5A Region II Quarterfinals

McKinney High Notes: Defeated Longview 1-0 in Area round last week to advance. Gerson Mendoza scored the lone goal in the match for the Lions… The Lions topped Prosper 2-0 in a non-district match back on Feb. 5 at Ron Poe Stadium… Mendoza has scored two of the team’s three playoff goals. David Soto has the other goal.

North Mesquite Notes: Defeated Lake Highlands 1-0 in Area round match last week. Oscar Ocampo scored the lone goal in the match for North Mesquite… Defeated Naaman Forest 2-0 in Bi-District round… Finished second in District 12-5A behind Rockwall, finishing 9-3… North Mesquite is 0-1 versus MISD schools this season, losing 2-1 versus Boyd on Jan. 22.

Five Questions with MHS head coach Alan Pocock:

1. With two shutouts in back-to-back playoff games, just how impressed have you been with the works of Whan and Vicens in net?

“Its been validating to see the decision to carry on our somewhat non-standard keeper rotation into playoffs and get the results we are looking for in doing so … as well as very encouraging to see both raise their game a notch. It’s a great competitive atmosphere and the players respond to it as well. However, every shutout should also be attributed to solid defending like we’ve gotten from Andres, Sean, Tom and Matt.”

2. What has stood out the most to you during these two playoff matches? 

“The steady improvement the players have shown since coming back fresh and fired up about postseason.”

3. What do you expect to see from North Mesquite on Tuesday night?

“I expect to meet an opponent who moves the ball efficiently, is well coached, and will fight to the end to advance to the regional tourney.”

4. How important has it been to have such strong senior leadership during this run?

“Extremely important, as it provides the steady, level-headed composure and maturity in the face of adversity we’ve needed to respond well all year.”

5. After last season’s first round loss, has that been used as motivation for the team?

“Yes it has, but this group also is making their own unique mark in the 2013 chapter of McKinney Lions soccer.”

McKinney High Girls vs. Sachse
Where: Wylie ISD Stadium
When: Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
Round: Class 5A Region II Quarterfinals

McKinney High Notes: Defeated Mesquite Horn 1-0 in Area round last week to advance. Kathy Millar scored the lone goal in the match for the Lionettes… MHS has won back-to-back 1-0 matches versus Richardson Pearce and Horn. The Lionettes did that earlier this season versus Plano and Plano East back on Feb. 12 and 15… MHS is 6-3-0 on the road this season.

Sachse Notes: Defeated McKinney Boyd 3-2 in Area round match last week to advance. Cyera Hintzen scored all three goals in the match for Sachse… Defeated North Mesquite 4-1 in Bi-District round… Finished second in District 11-5A behind Rowlett, finishing 9-2-1… Chelsea Followwell and Hintzen are tied for the team-lead with 10 goals.

Five Questions with MHS head coach Alex Pantarotto:

1. What have you been most impressed with after these two playoff wins?

“I am just impressed with how relentless we are. We have been in a lot of 1-0 games and managed to come away with wins. The fact that we can maintain a 1-0 lead and don’t get desperate about it is what impresses me the most about this team.”

2. With your team battling some injuries at this point, what are the statuses of some of the girls for Tuesday night?

“I can not comment directly on that, but some seniors may not be able to play. They are trying very hard to play, which shows you the kind of heart they have. We are dealing with a very short roster right now.”

3. Has your team embraced the underdog role throughout this playoff run?

“Yes and no. Yes, because we knew it was going to be tough, but no because we all expected to make the playoffs and we knew we had a pretty good team. The biggest issue for us is that we are a 4A school (in size), but we play as a 5A school. The issue is how deep we are with the roster. Some teams will come with seven, eight, nine guys off the bench, and we can’t even sub three or four. We have been stretching it up to this point.”

4. How have you been able to win these very close 1-0 matches?

“I think it is the fact that Madelynn Schober has become very steady as a goalie. In soccer when the goalie is doing very well, your defense will do very well because they feel comfortable. She has supported the defense and came through with defenders mistakes.”

5. What is the key to success on Tuesday night?

“We have to keep them to zero goals, at least for the first half. I think that will give us confidence to produce in opportunities and give us a chance to win. We need to be patient and play defense first, and eventually we can settle in and start taking shots later.”

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