Play-offs for Division 9 & 10-5A begin tomorrow, and both Eagles’ soccer teams are in it. They qualified in different fashions, however.
The Lady Eagles qualified in the first place seed, finishing as co-district champions with McKinney Boyd. They finished the season 13-1, and share the same record with Boyd, which were each other’s only setbacks of the season, trading 2-1 scorelines. The Lady Eagles will play Berkner High School of Richardson on Tuesday night, at Berkner, in round one of 5A playoffs.
The Rowlett Boys, on the other hand, had to settle for a second place finish, behind only McKinney Boyd who beat and shut the Eagles out in both district games. The Eagles head into the playoff with a 9-5 district record, and will have to play Richardson of District 9-5A. The game will be at HBJ on Tuesday night.
The Rowlett Lady Eagles soccer team is in superb form this season. They are undefeated in seven matches and have a district record of 7-0.
On Feb. 21, the Lady Eagles beat the McKinney Boyd Broncos 2-1, who were the number one ranked team in the nation, hadn’t lost in 41 matches, and were steaming through competition in Division 10-5A.
“Our team so far has played extremely well with intensity,” junior Meagan McCullough said. “And after beating last year’s state champs, McKinney Boyd, I believe we will be able to go far in the playoffs and maybe even make it to state.”
The Eagles, trailing 1-0 at half-time, opened their scoring through Meagan McCullough, and then took lead with a Breanna Powell strike. Unsurprisingly, in their next game, the Lady Eagles beat Lakeview Centennial 6-0 which solidifies the Eagles in first place.
“Our win against Boyd was pretty epic. They are ranked number one in the nation and no one thought we’d beat them,” senior Breanna Powell said, who scored the winning goal. “Once the game was over we had basically had accomplished the unthinkable and I think it really helped our team realize that we are capable of so much more than even we imagined.”
The Eagles beat Lakeview Centennial 66-54 on Jan. 20. Jeffrey Carroll led the scoring with 22 points, while Nathan Hawkins scored 15 points. Sophomore Austin Luke contributed with eight assists, three steals and two rebounds. Seniors Nathan Tucker and Albert Coleman combined for nine rebounds.
Rowlett is enjoying a good run of form, winning their last six games, leaving teams like McKinney Boyd, Lakeview and Sachse in its’ wake. The Eagles have so far an overall record of 16-6 and a district record of 6-1, losing only to the Naaman Forest Rangers.
The Eagles will have a chance at revenge in their next game hosting Naaman Jan. 24, followed by a Jan. 27 road game at Sachse.
The Varsity Eagles produced a convincing 42-10 victory Oct. 21 over the North Garland Raiders. There were moments of outstanding offensive performances and an overall solid defensive display.
The Eagles came off the mark quickly, opening the scoring with consecutive touchdowns and never seemed to look back. It was all too much for the Raiders, who scraped together a field goal to make up their only points for the first half.
Rowlett currently holds a 5-3 record and will look to build onto that Thur., Oct. 27, when they face the McKinney Boyd Broncos. The Broncos are also heading into the game with momentum, beating Sachse last week and holding a record of 6-2.