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Melissa girls soccer has been dominating against their opponents all season long. The Lady Cardinals finished district play in the second place spot- just behind Celina. This week, the Lady Cardinals are headed into a Regional Semifinals battle against Kilgore. VYPE DFW breaks down what fans can expect on Friday:
The Lady Cardinals posted a 12-2 district record this season as they went up against the likes of Farmersville, Caddo Mills, Anna, Bonham and more. Melissa has outscored their opponents by 95 goals so far this season while recording an 85% winning percentage. With the ability to maintain high-speed focus throughout the game, the Lady Cardinals are able to halt other offenses in their tracks.
So far during playoffs, Melissa has defeated Sunnyvale (4-3), North Dallas (6-0), and Ann (2-1). The team has played outstanding defense- allowing only four goals against them. Meanwhile, their offense has taken no short cuts and remains consistent with scoring early and often. As the team prepares to go head-to-head against Kilgore (12-11-3), fans can expect the Lady Cardinals to control the entirety of the game.
The game is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 8th at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium in Tyler, Texas.
Another long streak has come to an end in the Dallas Fort Worth area as the Melissa Cardinals not only post a dominating win over the defending Class 4A Division I State Champions, but a dominating SHUTOUT win over the Argyle Eagles on Friday night.
A 20-game win streak for Argyle came to a halt as the Cardinals stepped onto the field and never looked back Friday night. In what proved to be a successful revenge game for Melissa, the Cardinals fought tooth and nail for a hard-fought win against Argyle who beat them 16-0 last season.
Led by senior quarterback Sam Fennegan, the Cardinals posted three unanswered scores against Argyle. Fennegan accounted for one rushing touchdown on a two-yard keeper. Freshman running back Nathan Adejokun and senior running back Ashton Mitchell-Johnson both accounted for a touchdown each. Adejokun's touchdown coming on a 43-yard carry for a touchdown while Mitchell-Johnson's came on a 10-yard run. Junior kicker Aidan Pintor accounted for two point-after kicks while senior female kicker Anna Blankenship kicked the final point-after in Melissa's statement win. All of the Cardinals' scores came in the first half of the game and although Argyle's defense met the Cardinals' offense with force in the second half, Argyle's offense simply could not answer back against a Melissa defense that did everything right on Friday night.
The loss is Argyle's first regular-season loss in four years (a 46-36 loss to Celina in 2015). The win is the fourth straight win for the Cardinals who originally opened the season with back-to-back losses against Celina (who lost to Argyle earlier this season) and Frisco Memorial.
Melissa improves to a 4-2 record (2-0 in district play) and looks ahead to a well-deserved BYE week before taking on Anna on October 15th.