Vandegrift wins third straight district title

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The Vandegrift girls soccer team has big plans for the postseason, including getting back to the state tournament after missing out last season. But a district title hasn’t gone unnoticed. 

The Lady Vipers clinched the top spot in District 25-6A with a 2-0 win against Vista Ridge last week. It’s the third straight district title and first in Class 6A for the school, which hasn’t been defeated in district play in more than

two seasons. 

“This is our first year in 6A and to walk in here and win a district title,” Vandegrift head coach Jen Hardy said. “Yeah. I expect big things in the playoffs, but if we don’t go further, we still won a district title in 6A. And it’s going to pave the way for playoffs to be a lot smoother than if we finished in the other positions.”

Grace Erdman leads the team with 10 goals and six assists this season and scored the game-winner against the Lady Rangers off the corner. Senior Paige Crossman, who has three goals and four assists, added the second off another set piece in the second

half. 

Vandegrift and Vista Ridge have been familiar foes over the last few seasons. The Lady Vipers have owned the series in the regular season, getting a result in the last six games, and hasn’t given up a goal in either game this season. 

But the Lady Rangers have the one that counts, winning 2-1 in the regional final to halt the Lady Vipers’ chances of a second straight trip to the state tournament. And while it’s not any consolation for the playoff loss, clinching the title against their rivals does makes it a little sweeter. 

“I guess it does make it more special,” Hardy said. “There’s just a rivalry in general. It’s a healthy one and a fun one. The goals are that much more exciting and there’s a strong rivalry between the two teams.”

The Lady Vipers wrap up the regular season on the road against Lake Travis Friday night at 7:30 p.m. and will have a week to prepare before the playoffs start on March 23. 

“I’m pleased with how we subsided our fear of being in 6A and came out hard and strong,” Hardy said. “We realized that we deserved to be in 6A this season and we can compete.”

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