Local teams continue playoff run

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And then there were three. 

Of the six local soccer teams that made the playoffs, only the Cedar Park, Rouse and Vandegrift girls’ teams are still alive. All three continue their postseason runs this Thursday and Friday night. 

The Lady Timberwolves travel to Brenham to take on College Station at 6 p.m., while the Lady Raiders look to win their eighth straight game against on the road at A&M Consolidated at Tigerland Stadium Friday at 7 p.m.

The Lady Vipers gets the second round started Thursday night at 7 p.m. against Schertz Clemens at Rattler Stadium in San Marcos. 

“They seem like a well-organized and well-coached team that plays to the last minute,” Vandegrift head coach Jen Hardy said. 

Cedar Park opened the first round with a 5-0 win against Tomball Memorial last Friday. The Lady Timberwolves scored two goals in the first half and three in the second en route to the first-round win. 

College Station, meanwhile, rolled in its opening round game against Ennis, winning 8-0 for its 14th straight game without a loss. 

Haley Hoppe scored all three goals in Rouse’s 3-0 first round win against Willis. The Lady Raiders haven’t allowed a goal in eight straight games and have scored 26 goals in that span. A&M Consolidated beat Lindale 3-0 in the opening round.  

Vandegrift moved up to 6A ahead of the 2016-17 school year. The move up turned up the heat on the Lady Vipers, who have been to the regional final in three straight seasons and won the state title in 2013. 

“The difference in the 6A playoffs is where we go,” Hardy said. “We’re playing bigger schools from largely populated areas sooner, as opposed to smaller areas around Austin. We’re playing bigger schools right off

the bat.”

Grace Erdman scored her team-best 11th goal in the 2-0 win against San Antonio Lee and Adaline Carter also got on the score sheet. Clemens needed penalty kicks to beat San Antonio Clark to begin the

playoffs. 

Hardy said she has at no less than 16 players on the team who have been to at least the regional finals and a handful have been to state. It’s that experience that will help the Lady Vipers continue their playoff run. 

“We haven’t missed the playoffs in eight years,” she said. “We’re the only team sport in the school that can say that.”

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