Rouse, Vandegrift, Vista Ridge begin postseason play


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Vandegrift has been the underdog all season and the Vipers are embracing the role as they begin the playoffs this week. 

The Vipers are headed to Texas Lutheran University to face off with District 26-6A champions San Antonio Johnson in the first round of the playoffs Thursday night.

“They’re very organized,” Vandegrift head coach Cody Brown said. “But we’re in a good district too and kind of played against the same level of competition. We’re going to be the underdog as far as our seeding, but I think it’ll be a

good matchup.”

In other playoff action, Rouse takes on Magnolia West on Friday night and Vista Ridge travels to Rattler Stadium in San Marcos to meet San Antonio Reagan Friday night in the first round action. 

Vandegrift held on for the four spot in District 25-6A despite winning just two of the final six games in district play. The Vipers are just a year removed from advancing to the regional semifinals in Class 5A last season. 

The team considers themselves the new kids on the block in 6A. And while it’s was a challenge for them to compete against larger schools, the unpredictability of soccer and talent at Vandegrift gives them the confidence they can win no matter the odds. 

“Everybody can beat anybody,” Brown said. “If you go into a match thinking you’re going to breeze right through, it’s going to surprise you. There’s never a match that I walk into think there’s never a chance.”

Vista Ridge doesn’t have quite the soccer pedigree as Vandegrift, but the senior-laded Rangers are looking to make some noise this postseason. 

There are 15 seniors on the team this season and the Rangers made it to the senior round of the

playoffs last year, their only postseason appearance in the last three seasons. 

“Talent wise, we have the capability to do it,” Vista Ridge head coach Sam Reed said. “You have to play your best game every game now though. There’s not a lot of room for error. You just have to get out there and do it.”

This season, Vista Ridge lost one game in the district season and finished percentage points behind Lake Travis for the district title. 

The 54 goals the Rangers scored this season are the most of any team in their district. Julian Romero leads the team with 19 goals and six assists and Toby Cannan has a team-high seven assists. 

San Antonio Reagan finished behind Johnson and San Antonio Lee in third place in District 26-6A despite losing just one game in district play. 

“We believe we can win any game we play,” Reed said. “We don’t go into the game overconfident. We have a heavy senior group and they know it’s win or go home. They’re going to be really focused and give it all they’ve got.”