By Colin Bado, TSB Staff
Within the first two minutes of what would be a hard fought battle between crosstown rivals Friday night, junior David Soto of McKinney High School scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory over the McKinney North Bulldogs.
As a result, the Lions improved to 3-1-1 on the young season.
From the beginning, the game appeared that it would be an easy win for MHS, but North’s busy goalkeeper, Bryce Clark, kept the Bulldogs in the game.
It wasn’t easy for North to stay in the game, however, as 11 minutes into the match Hugo Adame earned a yellow card slide tackling inside the 18-yard box. It gave the Lions a penalty kick. Senior Mikie Swim had the opportunity to give the Lions a two-goal lead within the first 20 minutes of the game, but his attempt would be denied by one of many amazing saves by the Bulldog goalie.
Throughout the first half, the Lions dominated possession and tested Clark and the Bulldog defense from all angles. Arshya Khalilian led the Lion attack and came inches away from putting up two goals of his own. The Bulldog defense managed to keep the Lions out of the net with a little help from the goalpost and the crossbar. Sophomore Kyle Biggio came close to tying up the score in the 31st minute of play, but the shot was saved by the MHS keeper.
North’s defense played aggressively, keeping the game close. Evan Jones, a senior defender for the Bulldogs, received a yellow card for getting too physical.
During the first 40 minutes, the Lions continuously made runs at the Bulldogs, but thanks to another critical save by Clark in the 38th minute, the Lions left the first half with a one goal lead.
While McKinney North remains a 4A school, they showed no sign of letting up against their skilled, newly 5A opponents in the second half. North’s midfielders stepped up their defense and helped create more opportunities for their offense. Even though they were able to minimize the Lion’s offensive efforts, the Bulldogs were unable to capitalize on their chances to pull the ball in the net.
With the clock ticking down Clark made another brilliant save keeping North’s hopes alive. North could not move the ball down the field fast enough to create one last opportunity to tie the game against their cross-town rivals.
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