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Plano West, Highland Park advance to finals

4/20/2012

Plano West's girls soccer team will head to the Class 5A state final after knocking off Klein Oak in a dominant 2-0 victory Friday in Georgetown, Texas.

The Lady Wolves jumped into the lead 20 minutes in on a penalty kick off the boot of senior Karson Keogh that just found the inside of the frame. The kick was awarded after Casie Ramsier was taken down in the box.

"She hit it well but it went just on the inside of the post," West coach Carley Phillips said. "It was a little bit stressful."

West netted the other goal with 27 seconds left in the first half.

"Their keeper was very aggressive and came out for a ball and we got past her," Phillips said. "There was an open net and Ashley Smith gave a nice little pass to Tori Gates, who put it in."

The team is excited to remain in Georgetown through the weekend, but the semifinal win was just another step closer to the ultimate goal, Philips said.

"It was just a win for them," she said. "We're just kind of at the point where we're looking for that end result, which is to be state champions.They're excited and happy about the win but the focus is on the finals now."

Plano West will take on Katy Seven Lakes at 11 a.m. Saturday for the 5A championship

Hat trick effort puts Highland Park in title bout

Junior Katie Martin beat the keeper three times in Highland Park's 5-2 victory over Waco Midway to punch the Lady Scots' ticket into the 4A state final.

Martin netted the first goal of the game, heading in a corner kick cross in the first half. The goal ended a 19 game shutout streak Midway carried into the 4A semifinal match.

The junior tallied her second just before halftime, firing a rocket from the top of the penalty box into the back corner of the net.

Martin finished her barrage in the second half, hitting from 22 yards after cutting past an oncoming Midway defender.

Highland Park will face the winner of Friday's semifinal between Trophy Club Byron Nelson and Cedar Park at 4 p.m. Saturday for the 4A crown.