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Notebook: Sachse girls working on a repeat performance

Published 3/1/2007 9:43:55 PM by David Hinojosa from Dallas, Texas
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One season after narrowly missing a chance to go to the state tournament, Sachse's girls team appears ready to make another playoff run. Under first-year coach Kelan Brill, Sachse is 10-1-2 and in second in District 10-5A behind Rowlett.

"There are times when we put it together really, really well," Brill said. "We have been playing very well lately. I'm really proud of them."

Sachse's sister combination of Ryanne (team-leading nine goals) and Jordan Lewis (team-leading six assists), both forwards, pace the offense. The defense – led by Lisel Kraus, Audrey Wilson and Camerron Mason – has given up eight goals and produced five shutouts.

Brill is familiar with long playoff runs. The 2001 Plano West graduate was on two Class 5A championship teams before playing in college at Creighton.

Birdville's Wilkinson scores milestone goal
Birdville senior Sarah Wilkinson was bewildered when coach Eddie Brown pulled her off the field for a little chat. After all, Birdville was enjoying a comfortable 4-0 lead in Friday's game against Denton Guyer.

"All I want you to do is score a goal this game," Brown told Wilkinson.

"Why is this such a big deal?" Wilkinson responded.

Brown told her that her next goal would be her 100th.

"I knew that I had scored a lot of goals in high school, but I had no idea," Wilkinson said.

Normally a forward, Wilkinson had started in the midfield to help fill a spot left open because of injury. In the second half, Wilkinson returned to her old position and midway through the second half, she took a pass from teammate Shelby Hartweck from the right side and tucked the ball near post from just outside the 18-yard box for the milestone goal.

"When I scored it, everyone went crazy and tackled me," said Wilkinson, who signed to play at Samford in Birmingham, Ala. "The other coach was wondering what was going on."

Thomas Jefferson girls adjust to new coach
Marisela Lopez, acknowledges that her arrival this season as Thomas Jefferson's girls coach didn't go smoothly. Lopez, who came to Dallas after coaching in El Paso for 12 years, asked her team to give her a chance.

"The one thing I promised them is that they will come out to be better individual and team players," Lopez said. "We do have the skills and experience to play against competitive teams."

Thomas Jefferson opened the season with a 1-1-1 showing at The Colony tournament. Since then, the team is 11-0 in District 13-4A. Thomas Jefferson returned 10 starters from a team that advanced to the area playoff round last year.

That experience came up big Tuesday after Thomas Jefferson rallied from a 3-1 deficit to defeat Woodrow Wilson, 4-3, in a game decided by a shootout.

"We didn't lose any players, and we've been united as a team," said junior midfielder Patricia Del Valle, who leads the area with 28 goals. "That's how we won today."

McKinney Boyd boys are off to strong start
The McKinney Boyd boys head into the final stretch of the season as one of District 15-4A's hottest teams. Tuesday's 7-0 victory against Rockwall-Heath gave the first-year program its fourth win in its last five games. Boyd has also secured sole possession of second place in the district standings with 19 points (6-2-1).

Coach Daniel Lowe credits the work of juniors Colin Bosch and Brad Dobberfuhl – who came from McKinney – for providing critical leadership when the team first began pre-season workouts last fall. They were the only players with varsity experience coming into the season. Lowe, a former McKinney assistant, was familiar enough with them to name them captains from the start.