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Soccer roundup: K-Park advances to state for 2nd straight year

April 15, 2019

Stop Allie Byrd once, kudos to you; stop her twice - that ain’t happening.

Kingwood Park’s standout forward supplied two penalty-kick goals in their 2-1 win over Pflugerville in the Region III-5A final Saturday at Turner Stadium, including the game-winner in the 85th minute after keeper Lauren Banning stopped her first shot but left the line early, giving Byrd a do-over.

“She’s not going to miss two in a row,” K-Park coach Jess White said.

As a result, K-Park’s Panthers (26-1-2) are heading to the state semis in Georgetown for the second year in a row, despite having to navigate a brutal bracket that included matches against Brenham, Cedar Park, College Station and Port Neches-Groves, which they beat 6-3 in the regional semis.

“This means a lot, especially because this team is not that different from last year’s team,” Byrd said. “And we’ve, again, like last year, had the same mindset to go into every game ready to compete.

“We’ve put in the work, so this means a lot to our team.”

Byrd means a lot to her team, too.

She notched a hat trick on Friday against PN-G, with one goal in the run of play, one on a header off a corner kick, and another on a penalty kick. Her two PK goals Saturday gave her 91 career goals.

“This year, what we see out of Allie Byrd is maturity as a person and as a player,” White said. “She is not normally a vocal person, but you see her being a leader on the field. She’ll step up, she’ll do what I want, where I ask - whatever the team needs - and that maturity jump … has been fantastic for us.”

Atascocita’s season ends in Region III-6A semifinal

Atascocita’s season came to an end on Friday afternoon.

The Eagles lost 7-6 in penalty kick in sudden death to Katy Tompkins in a Region III-6A semifinal match at Abshier Stadium.

Both teams had made six straight penalty kicks. After Tompkins made its seventh penalty kick the pressure was on Atascocita.

The Lady Eagles’ final penalty kick hit the top crossbar and bounced back into the field of play sealing the victory.

“It was amazing,” said Barnes about making it to the regional tournament for the first time since 2017. “This has to be best team chemistry that I have ever been a part of in my life. I just know that the bar can be raised now. There was not one selfish person in that entire group. Whether it was eight freshmen playing or ten seniors, they just all came together right game plan and had a heck of a year.”

Atascocita only allowed three goals the entire season.

The Lady Eagles had 18 different players score a goal this season.

The Lady Eagles will say good bye to their senior class that includes Ainsley Cunningham, Alli Roe, Emily Tencer, Karli Rogelstad, Emma Keiser, Annalyse George, Leyla Garcia, Nia Rampersad and Katelyn Woolcock.

This senior class has been amazing,” Barnes said. “I’m really going to miss them and they were a big part of what we did. I have only been here for two years and sometimes it’s difficult coming in and trying to get your players to buy in. That wasn’t a problem because all these girls bought in when I got here. They made my life super easy and it was a joy to have them.”

Kingwood’s season ends in Region III-6A final

Kingwood’s magical season came to an end Saturday afternoon.

The Lady Mustangs lost 3-2 to Katy Tompkins in the Region III-6A final at Abshier Stadium.

Kingwood ends the season 22-2-3.

“We played well,” Kingwood coach Pres Holcomb said. “We dug ourselves too big of a hole in the first half. We tried to battle out of it, 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.”

It was Kingwood’s first loss since Jan. 9, and it was the first time the Lady Mustangs allowed three goals in a game since Jan. 4 against Cypress Woods.

In Holcomb’s fourth season he guided the Lady Mustangs to the regional final for the first time since 2010.

“It does a lot,” said Holcomb about getting back to a regional final. “Everything is a mindset with girls soccer and the fact that we know that we can get here, do well, and compete. We lose a lot of seniors, quality seniors, and a lot to fill those holes, but I think we have the numbers to do that.

It was a banner year for Kingwood, who won its 29th straight district title.

The Lady Mustangs went undefeated in district play and had outscored their opponents 98-2 while having 13 shutouts.

The scoring continued in the postseason for the Lady Mustangs. Kingwood outscored its opponents 24-3 in the playoffs, but couldn’t advance to the regional final.

Kingwood Park boys season ends in Region III-5A final

Kingwood Park’s season came to an end Saturday afternoon.

The Panthers were making their third appearance in school history in the regional tournament and their first time in the regional final since 2010.

The Panthers lost a 4-3 decision to Sharpstown at Turner Stadium.

The Panthers had a historic season finishing 22-3-2, which are the most wins in program history.

The three loses were the fewest in program history as well.

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