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TWHS Girls Soccer celebrates their Area Round victory against Klein
The UIL Soccer Area Round provided another series of intense competitions between the finest clubs Texas has to offer.
Following some exceptional performances, which featured a myriad of nail-biters on the pitch, several Houston teams are advancing to the Regional Quarterfinals, with fans in tow.
Here are the H-Town teams (6A-Girls) primed to maintain their momentum in Round No. 3 of the UIL postseason this Friday and Saturday.
6A Girls Soccer
*Record Format: W-L-T (Tournament games not included)
*List is ordered alphabetically
2022-23 Regular Season: 9-5-3/Finished 4th in District 21-6A
Head Coach: Tim Franciskovich
Regional Quarterfinals Matchup: v. Kingwood
2022-23 Regular Season: 14-0-1/District 16-6A Champions (13-0-1)
Head Coach: Katie Bourgeois
Difference-Maker: Junior Forward Anaiyah Robinson-- Scored the game-winning goal for Bridgeland in their close match against Grand Oaks
Regional Quarterfinals Matchup: v. Tomball
Photo provided by Bridgeland HC Katie Bourgeois
Clear Lake Falcons
2022-23 Regular Season: 14-0-2/District 24-6A Champions (11-0-1)
Head Coach: Lisa Manis
Difference-Maker: "As far as our MVP, last night was a true team effort, so as a coach I cannot say that one player stood out," said Coach Manis. "Those girls truly worked as a unit and took care of business."
Regional Quarterfinalist Matchup: v. Summer Creek
Photo provided by Coach Manis
2022-23 Regular Season: 11-1/District 21-6A Champions (9-1)
Head Coach: Pres Holcomb
Difference-Maker: Sophomore Forward Makenzie Black-- Scored the game's lone goal to propel Kingwood past Clear Creek
Regional Quarterfinals Matchup: v. Atascocita
Photo provided by Kingwood HC Pres Holcomb
Klein Oak Panthers
2022-23 Regular Season: 11-2-1/Finished 2nd in District 15-6A
Head Coach: Erin Poyner
Regional Quarterfinals Matchup: v. The Woodlands
Ridge Point Panthers
2022-23 Regular Season: 15-0-2/District 20-6A Champions (14-0-2)
Head Coach: Evelyn Torres
Regional Quarterfinals Matchup: v. Seven Lakes
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Seven Lakes Spartans
2022-23 Regular Season: 14-0-2/District 19-6A Champions
Head Coach: Kaitlyn Eidson
Difference-Maker: Seven Lakes' Senior Captains Maddie RIch, Becca Romero, Katie Lennon, and Haydan Erick-- Represented each position group, contributed to both of the Spartans' goals, while playing with nagging injuries.
Regional Quarterfinals Matchup: v. Ridge Point
Photo provided by Seven Lakes JV HC Steven Poss
2022-23 Regular Season: 16-0-1/District 17-6A Champions (14-0)
Head Coach: David Walters
Difference-Maker: Senior MF Kristin Geczik-- Was the team's workhorse in coverage and shutting down the Elkins counter attack
Regional Quarterfinals Matchup: v. Katy Tompkins
Photo provided by Stratford HC David Walters
Summer Creek Bulldogs
2022-23 Regular Season: 12-4/Finished 3rd in District 21-6A
Head Coach: Becky Cobb
Difference-Maker: Freshman Forward Brooke Atkins-- Scored all three goals for the Bulldogs to headline the SCHS attack
Regional Quarterfinals Matchup: v. Clear Lake
The Woodlands Highlanders:
2022-23 Regular Season: 15-0-1/District 13-6A Champions
Head Coach: Frankie Whitlock
Difference-Maker:Renata Larracilla (So. MF) & Caroline White (Sr. MF)-- Larracilla scored one of the Highlanders' regulation goals, while White had an assist. Furthermore, White scored the game-deciding PK to cap off an absolute thriller of a win against Klein.
Regional Quarterfinals Matchup: v. Klein Oak
Photo provided by TWHS HC Frankie Whitlock
2022-23 Regular Season: 14-2/District 15-6A Champions (12-2)
Head Coach: Victoria Parsons
Difference-Maker: Tomball's senior starters, Caroline Fowlkes (2 goals), Kendall Hall (2 assists), Ximena Hammeken, and team captain Madeline McFarland provided the experience on the pitch to lead the Lady Cougars to victory.
Regional Quarterfinals Matchup: v. Bridgeland
Photo provided by Tomball HC Victoria Parsons
2022-23 Regular Season: 14-1-2/Finished 2nd in District 19-6A
Head Coach: Jarrett Shipman
Regional Quarterfinals Matchup: v. Stratford
2022-23 Clear Creek Baseball
2022: 19-14-1 (District 24-6A Champions/Regional Quarterfinalists)
HC: Brent Kunefke
The Wildcats have one of the youngest rosters on this list, but opponents should be aware of their threatening potential. With experienced coaching in Brent Kunefke, Clear Creek’s skill is constantly being optimized.
With their 11-1 district record and subsequent title (first since 2016), the Wildcats advanced to the third round of the postseason. The League City squad will showcase several returning players, such as first-team, all-district LHP/OF Tyler Austin, who went 6-2 with a 2.81 ERA for the Wildcats’ bullpen.
Other featured players include a couple of junior second-teamers – OF Dylan Russo and 3B Jackson Babcock. District Newcomer of the Year Walker Hurst looks to patrol the outfield and build on his growing resume at Clear Creek.
The south side of Houston has been put on notice.