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Tompkins to continue undefeated season at state

April 15, 2019

Writing Tompkins’ name with a Sharpie at the end of the Region III-6A girls soccer bracket proved to be a smart move.

The Lady Falcons followed through on all the hype that accompanies the nation’s top ranking in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Kingwood in the regional title game at Abshire Stadium.

Ranked No. 1 in the country by Top Drawer Soccer this year and now 26-0-0, it’s five-year-old Tompkins’ second state tournament berth. The program played for a state title in 2017 and lost to Cinco Ranch in this round last year.

The Falcons will face Allen (20-4-2) at noon, April 19 at Birkelbach Field in Georgetown in the state semifinals.

Two first-half goals — junior Jules Haro’s score off a corner kick at the 9:15 mark and junior Barbara Olivieri’s just 11 second before the break — made the difference.

Protecting that lead didn’t come without turbulence. Kingwood sophomore midfielder Jenelle Dumais caught Tompkins defenders sleeping in the penalty area for a goal just two minutes into the second half.

A goal off a deflection from Kingwood senior defender Sam Arrollado with 15 minutes left in the match would’ve been the equalizer. Just three minutes earlier, though, Skylar Parker’s penalty kick awarded via a Kingwood handball found the back of the goal.

Tompkins needed penalty kicks to get past Atascocita in Friday’s regional semifinal.

“It was always nice having a lead here but every time we never felt like Kingwood was out of it,” Tompkins coach Jarrett Shipman said. “We respect them immensely. That’s a fantastic team. Coach (Pres) Holcomb has them playing really well.. They played great soccer and we had to respect them for the whole 80 minutes. They took it to us for 80 minutes and we just hung on.”

It’s Kingwood’s first loss since Jan. 9, which ironically also came to a Katy ISD team in Seven Lakes. Adding a little more salt on the wound is Tompkins ending Kingwood’s season in the playoffs for the third consecutive season.

This was still a banner year for Kingwood, though. The Lady Mustangs, who could be considered one of Houston’s original girls soccer powers with two state titles and four total state title game appearances, were playing for a regional title for the first time in nine years.

“We played well,” Holcomb said. “We dug ourselves too big of a hole in the first half. We tried to battle out of it but did but we ran out of time basically. I’m proud of them. Eight teams in the state are playing and they’re one of them, but I’m proud of them. There isn’t anything that I can say to take the sting out of this one. It sucks to lose to them again, but they have to be proud of what they did this year. We got some hardware out of it. It sucks that it says runner-up on it, but once the time passes we will consider it a success.”

Katy ISD has had five teams play for a state title but just one state champion all-time in girls soccer — Katy Taylor in 2006.

Tompkins considers its near-misses the last few years more than enough motivation this time around.

“Making it back to state, we need something to prove,” Olivieri said. “We need to keep proving people wrong and keep going.”