Sunday, April 22, 2012
Keeper leads Highland Park girls to 4A crown
Highland Park junior goalkeeper Sarah Howley was almost perfect throughout the UIL Class 4A girls soccer playoffs.
Highland Park allowed just one goal in the postseason, capped by a 1-0 shootout victory Saturday over Trophy Club Byron Nelson in the state championship game in Georgetown, Texas.
The Lady Scots secured the championship with a 4-3 advantage in the shootout after Howley and Byron Nelson keeper Ariana Morrison registered shutouts through regulation and both overtime periods.
It's the first girls soccer state title since 2002 for Highland Park, which also reached the state tournament in 2003, '05 and '06.
It was the first trip to the state tournament for Byron Nelson, which opened only three years ago.
For her efforts, Howley was named the championship game MVP and heads up the 4A girls all-state tournament team. Morrison also made the team.
Here are the complete all-state tournament teams, as selected by the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches: