Monday, April 14, 2008

ATH: McKinney Boyd Wins State!!

McKinney Boyd girls take game to another level
By DAVID HINOJOSA / The Dallas Morning News, 12:34 AM CDT on Monday, April 14, 2008

ROUND ROCK, Texas – Imagine this next year: McKinney Boyd's girls, winners of the 2008 Class 4A state soccer title, playing Plano East, the Class 5A runner-up.

Sound like a nice pre-district matchup? Actually, the teams will play two District 8-5A games next season, thanks to UIL realignment.

Boyd moves to 5A, fresh off a 4A championship season, joining a district that will include Plano East, 2007 5A champion Plano West and traditional powers Allen and Plano. Boyd also moves into Region I with this season's 5A champion, Southlake Carroll, as well as always-strong Flower Mound Marcus, Hebron and Coppell.

Hebron moved up from 4A two years ago and has twice been a Region I-5A finalist.

"It's going to be great competition, and it's going to be a great district," Boyd coach Jimmie Lankford said. " love tough soccer. The girls love tough soccer. We wanted a tough district. Well, we got it."

Boyd returns most of its starters next season, including its two leading scorers – freshman Kelley Monogue, MVP of Saturday's 3-1 championship game victory against Wichita Falls Rider, and sophomore Emily Reid.

Southlake Carroll's girls return several key starters, including juniors Leslie Shurtleff, Lexis Learmonth and Monica Alvarado. Plano East returns its leading scorer, junior Marissa Holden.

Marcus' boys defended their 5A title with only two returning starters.

McKinney Boyd beats Wichita Falls Rider for 4A girls title

By DAVID HINOJOSA / The Dallas Morning News, 12:03 AM CDT on Sunday, April 13, 2008

ROUND ROCK, Texas – It's like clockwork when McKinney Boyd plays. At some point, girls coach Jimmie Lankford is going to tell freshman forward Kelley Monogue to take more shots.

Sure enough, it happened Saturday at halftime of Boyd's Class 4A final against Wichita Falls Rider. With the game tied, 1-1, Lankford told Monogue he needed her to take six shots in the second half. Monogue gave him four in the first six minutes, including one from 20 yards in the first 53 seconds that ended up being the winning goal in Boyd's 3-1 victory at Round Rock ISD Stadium.

"When she put that in, we really settled down and put a ton of pressure on them," Lankford said. "When we are ahead, it's hard to catch us."

Monogue's goal turned the momentum Boyd's way after Rider (30-1-1) had tied the score with 1:40 remaining in the first half on a score by Kelsey Hill.

Aided by a brisk wind, Boyd began peppering shots at Rider's goal in the second half. Monogue set the tone and earned the game's MVP.

"We had the wind, and it was powerful," Monogue said. "I tried to take as many shots as I could."

Monogue assisted on Boyd's first score when she deflected a free kick from Katherine Cox to Emily Reid seven minutes into the game. Reid also had Boyd's third goal from 20 yards with 32:02 left in the second half. Boyd had a 23-4 advantage in shots, including a 14-2 advantage in the second half.

Lankford and seniors Cox, Katherine Wright, Lindsay Mumper, Kathryn Williamson and junior Jordan Sickman won the state title at McKinney North two seasons ago.

"Coming from North and having two championships is just overwhelming," Mumper said.

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