From Staff Reports
Soccer’s regular season will end this week for the Wylie ISD programs.
However, that doesn’t mean the teams will be finished playing, as each school will send a boys’ and girls’ representative to the postseason.
The playoffs are set to begin March 25-26 with the bi-district round.
Wylie’s East’s boys are 4-0 entering the final week, with their last contest being a 4-1 win over Wylie.
The Raiders hosted Royse City on Tuesday and will be at home 7:15 p.m. Friday against Lovejoy.
A win or tie over Royse City earns Wylie East the district crown, said East head coach John True.
"It's kind of good that it's happening during the last week, because it kind of prepares us for the playoffs," said head coach John True.
The Lady Raiders (6-0 in 21-4A) beat Royse City 3-0 on March 12, with goals being scored by Valiree Morris, Asia Revely and Leslie Snider.
They hosted Quinlan Ford Tuesday on Senior Night and will play 7:15 p.m. Friday at Lovejoy.
Wylie’s girls, which last played March 8 in a 1-0 loss at Wylie East, look to end the regular season 6-2 in 21-4A by beating Royse City (at home March 19 for Senior Night) and Quinlan Ford (6 p.m. Friday at Ford). .
The Pirates (0-5) lost 2-1 Monday to Lovejoy and will finish the regular season Friday at Royse City.
Wylie will be going to the playoffs, since the boys’ 21-4A district consists of four teams.
They will meet Molina in the first round, said head coach George Velten, although the date, time and place have not been determined.
“We have got to be mentally better and get more of a commitment from our kids,” Velten said.
The Pirates entered the 2013 season with an inexperienced team and the schedule has been somewhat like on-the-job training.
Velten praised the team’s performance in Monday’s defeat, with the lone Wylie goal being scored by Jake Bellwood.
The effort, he said, is something the Pirates can build upon.
“The kids played harder in the second half than they have (before),” the coach said.