First-year Vandegrift head coach Sharis Lachappelle is making somewhat of a homecoming.
Lachappelle was a standout on the Houston and Texas women’s soccer teams and has spent the last few seasons as an assistant coach at Wylie East.
In her first head coaching role, she takes over a squad that has a recent history of success, winning a state title in 2014 and making it to the state tournament in 2015 and 2017 and the regional finals 2016.
“Getting to learn from a winning program has allowed me to continue the legacy that’s already been set here,” Lachappelle said.
Vandegrift beat Wylie East for the state title in 2014 and lost to it in the 2015 finals.
This year’s version of the Lady Vipers has just as much hype. They’re ranked No. 10 by the Texas Girls’ Coaches Association poll and No. 11 in the Top Drawer Soccer state poll released Monday.
Most recently, Vandegrift played Round Rock to a 0-0 draw last Friday night at home just a few days after coming away with a 1-1 tie on the road against Leander ISD rival Vista Ridge on Tuesday.
The Lady Vipers had their chances on Friday night, forcing Round Rock goalkeeper and Baylor commit Lauren Traywick to make eight saves.
“Round Rock is a quality opponent and this game as going to make us better in the long run,” Lachappelle said. “We had lots of opportunities that we didn’t connect on. We’re creating the chances, and now we need to be able to finish them.”
The Lady Vipers are 5-1-4 on the year and 2-0-2 early on in District 13-6A action. They host Westwood on Friday night, have a bye next Tuesday and travel to face off with Leander on Feb. 8.
“We can’t overlook any opponent on the schedule,” Lachappelle said. “We’re working towards a district championship and making a playoff run.”