HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER

LISD teams ready for playoffs

Four girls teams, two boys teams advance to postseason play

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A game-by-game breakdown of the first round of the high school soccer playoffs. Four girls teams and two boys teams made the playoffs from LISD and all games will be played on Thursday. 

GIRLS

Cedar Park vs. Magnolia

Thursday, 6 p.m. at Giddings HS

Cedar Park finished the season with wins in 10 of its last 11 games, including handing Rouse its only loss of the district season.  Magnolia won the district a year ago and fell to third place this season so the Lady Timberwolves aren’t taking them lightly.

“I think it’s going to be a matchup of two teams trying to feel each other out,” Cedar Park coach Jeff Gamble said. “For the last month, we’ve been focusing on keeping our composure for 80 minutes. That’s my expectation.”

Rouse vs. Waller 

Thursday, 8 p.m. at Giddings HS

For the second straight season, Rouse enters the playoffs as district champions. The Lady Raiders lost just one game in district play and two all year en route the No. 1 seed. Waller won three of its final four games to clinch a playoff berth for the first time since 2014. 

“I want to see us play our game,” Rouse head coach Katie Marek said. “I want them to be creative and not have any expectations of the other team. We can’t take anything for granted. They’re going to give us a challenge. They’re in the playoffs for a reason.”

Vista Ridge vs. San Antonio Johnson

Thursday, 8 p.m. at Dripping Springs HS

Vista Ridge enters the playoffs on a high after a 3-2 win against playoff-bound Westlake in the season finale. Throughout the season, the Lady Rangers struggled with keeping people healthy, whether it was the flu, an injured wrist or other bumps and bruises. 

“Now that we’re all healthy, I’d like to see the team I know that we are come together,” Vista Ridge coach Kristin Stone said. “(Johnson) looks a lot like us and it’s going to be a good matchup for sure.”

Vandegrift vs. San Antonio Reagan 

Thursday, 4 p.m. at Texas Lutheran University

Another year, another trip to the playoffs for Vandegrift. The Lady Vipers lost one game in district play and won their fifth straight title. Their +20 goal differential was the best in the league. Vandegrift beat Reagan in the first round last season on its way to a state semifinal appearance. 

“I know what we’re capable of creating as a team and I know what we’ve overcome this season,” Vandegrift coach Jen Hardy said. “We expect them to come out and fight hard and we expect to do the same."GIRLS 

BOYS

Vista Ridge vs. San Antonio Johnson

Thursday, 8 p.m. at Dripping Springs HS

Vista Ridge ended the year strong, winning three of four and outscoring opponents 8-7 in that span. The Rangers beat Anderson 2-1 in a playoff warmup game at House Park last week. Johnson grabbed the third spot in one of the most competitive districts in Texas, finishing with a 5-1-7 league record. 

“Everything we’ve built around is giving effort and outcompeting teams,” Vista Ridge coach Sam Reed said. “We’ve been successful with it and I think our team expects to do that again. We have good individual players, but we’re trying to get top of teams and outwork them.”

Leander vs. San Antonio Reagan

Thursday, 8 p.m. at San Marcos HS

Leander returned to playoffs after two years away after getting at least a point in their last six games of the season, including wins against Vista Ridge and Westlake.The Lions beat Austin Travis 2-1 win in a warm-up game last week, San Antonio Reagan didn’t lose a game in district play.

“I’m expecting a ton of excitement and I want the team to feed off of that,” Leander coach Russ Girard said. “Defensively, they’re going to be really strong so we have to be patient and continue to grind.”

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