LEWISVILLE — It’s unfortunate, Evan Pustejovsky said, that these two teams had to play in the first round.
Allen, ranked No. 3 in The Dallas Morning News’ 6A poll, and Lewisville, ranked No. 6, that is. Allen coach Kim Fullerton said that the teams’ two districts — District 5-6A and District 6-6A — have “about 10 of the top 15 teams in the state”.
“[Any] teams in the district would see each other in the state finals,” Pustejovsky said.
If Friday’s 6A Region I bi-district round game at Max Goldsmith Stadium really were a state championship caliber game as Pustejovsky said, consider Allen (16-2-5) a joyous champion.
Pustejovsky scored two goals in Allen’s 3-0 win over Lewisville (15-4-5), and Josh Daley added a third to advance to the area round. Pustejovsky, a senior midfielder, broke a scoreless tie with a header in the 20th minute of the first half and scored his second with nine minutes left in the game.
“Just gritty goals,” Pustejovsky said. “We had to work hard for them.”
Allen’s defense held Lewisville scoreless for just the fourth time this season. Lewisville senior DJ Koulai, whose 36 goals ranked second among Dallas-area players this season, was held in check and was often double- or triple-teamed when he had the ball.
“When you have a player that talented, you have to take him away from the game,” Fullerton said.
Allen will play Irving Nimitz (10-8-6) in the second round.
— Shawn McFarland
McDonald’s hat trick leads Allen girls to win
MCKINNEY – Ava McDonald found out on Friday that even good girls soccer teams get playoff nerves. The Allen sophomore forward also found out the mindset, and goals, to make those jitters go away.
McDonald scored a hat trick in the second half, part of a 4-0 run to help Allen pull away for a 5-1 win over Coppell in a Class 6A bi-district round game at the McKinney ISD Stadium,.
McDonald put Allen ahead 2-1 in the 42nd minute by converting a breakaway set up by a midfield pass by Sydney Williams. Approximately two minutes later McDonald scored again on an 18-yard blast from the right side, deflecting it off the left post after being set up by a Jillian Anderson pass. McDonald would get her hat trick with 10:21 remaining with a blast from 13 yards out after weaving through at least four Coppell defenders on the dribble for the final score of the game.
“I just told my teammates to breathe. We just had to calm down. I wasn’t worried, and neither were they. We just needed to take a breath and play our game,” McDonald said. “In the second half I didn’t force the game. I let it come to me. I think the playoff nerves are gone now.”
Allen put the game away in the 53rd minute on a Sutton Markee rebound of a free kick by Vanderbilt signee Melania Fullerton from 35 yards out. Allen (21-1-2), ranked No. 3 in The Dallas Morning News’ Class 6A area poll, advances to the area round to face South Grand Prairie with the time, date and site to be determined.
Coppell (14-8-2) lost a bi-district playoff for the third consecutive season and its third postseason game to Allen since 2016. Allen, which is 14-0-1 in its last 15 games, defeated Coppell 2-1 in Colleyville Heritage’s Allison Horn Invitational on Jan. 12.
Fullerton put Allen ahead in the fifth minute, chipping in a goal off a precise cross-field pass from the right side by Sam Sheffield. Coppell tied up the game at 1-all in the 11th minute when Reagan Roberson popped up a carrying 15-yard shot off a Claire Pafford pass and the score remained even to halftime.
Both teams barely missed chances to go ahead later in the first half. Markee had an eight-yard chip go off the left post in the 30th minute. Coppell’s Ella Spiller had a header from five yards out go off the crossbar in the 35th minute. Allen had a 7-4 edge in shots on goal in the first half.
Allen’s defense – led by standouts such as Williams, Kiara Gilmore, Audrea Abboud and Emma Monsen – held Coppell to two shots on goal in the second half, both after the Lady Eagles had a 5-1 lead. Allen goalie and UT Tyler signee Robbi Curry had five saves for the win.
“In the first half we had some positioning mistakes with the ball in the air,” Allen coach Kelly Thompson said. “At halftime they really shook off the playoff nerves and played rock solid back there, winning the balls and cutting off Coppell’s offensive team.”
— Rick Kretzschmar
Flower Mound Marcus 3, Prosper 2: Gage Riley, Cale Glover and Mello Dube each scored for Flower Mound Marcus (12-5-5) to upset Prosper, the top-ranked team in The News’ 6A rankings, in the 6A Region I area round. Marcus led 2-0 before a two-goal Prosper rally, but Dube’s goal late in the second half secured the win and handed Prosper (18-1-4) its first loss of the season.
Jesuit 2, Arlington Sam Houston 1: Caleb Fisher and Noah McGough both scored for Jesuit (11-4-5) in the 6A Region I bi-district round. It’ll play Flower Mound Marcus in the area round.
Wilmer-Hutchins 3, Carrollton Ranchview 2: Maynor Castillo scored twice for Wilmer-Hutchins (17-6) in a 3-2 win over Carrollton Ranchview in the 4A Region II bi-district round. Jason Dominguez scored the other goal for Wilmer-Hutchins, and first-year head coach Manuel Zaragoza earned his first playoff win.
Sachse 3, Royse City 0: Cooper Tea (two goals) and Luis DeLeon (one goal) led Sachse (12-6) past Royse City 3-0 in the 6A Region II bi-district round.
Trophy Club Byron Nelson 2, North Crowley 0: Logan Jones scored both goals for Trophy Club Byron Nelson (13-5-5) in a 2-0 win over North Crowley in the 6A Region I bo-district round. Byron Nelson finished third in District 4-6A and has never advanced past the area round of the playoffs, per MaxPreps records.
Forney 9, Denison 0: Eight different players scored for Forney (20-6-2) in a 9-0 win over Denison in the 5A Region II bi-district round. Kaitlyn Johnson scored twice, while Gabby Garza, Maribel Vargas, Kyleigh Johnson, Allie Cifuentes, Kara Andrews, Kloe Brown and Elyana Martinez each had one goal.
Keller Central 1, Hurst L.D. Bell 0: Kaylee Nguyen scored the lone goal in Keller Central’s 1-0 win over Hurst L.D. Bell in the 6A Region I bi-district round. Central (14-9-2), which finished fourth in District 4-6A, hadn’t won a playoff game since 2018 prior to Friday.
Flower Mound Marcus 2, Denton Guyer 1: Maddie Hayes scored a game-winning goal with 2:30 left in the second overtime period to lift Flower Mound Marcus (20-1-1) past Denton Guyer in the 6A Region I bi-district round. Carys Torgesen scored the other goal for Marcus, the second-ranked team in The News’ 6A poll, and Bella Campos had two assists.
North Dallas 11, Summit International 3: Three different players scored three or more goals for North Dallas (15-2) in a 11-3 win over Arlington Summit International in the 4A Region II bi-district round. Emma Contreras scored four goals while Johanna Delgado and Healey Rodriguez each had a hat trick.
Frisco Reedy 2, Frisco Memorial 0: Zaara Jacobs and Deze Scott each scored a goal for Frisco Reedy (18-4-3) in a 2-0 win over Frisco Memorial in the 5A Region II bi-district round. Reedy is the third-ranked team in The News’ area 5A/Others poll.
Arlington Martin 3, Lake Highlands 1: Lily Fratangelo scored twice for Arlington Martin in a 3-1 win over Lake Highlands in the 6A Region I bi-district round. Justine Garnica scored the other goal for Martin.
Prosper 1, Flower Mound 0: Brooklyn Miller scored the lone goal for Prosper (16-2-5) in a 1-0 win over Flower Mound in the 6A Region I bi-district round. Emma Yolinsky had an assist for Prosper, ranked seventh in The News’ area 6A poll.
Rockwall 8, Rowlett 0: Seven different players scored for Rockwall (14-4-3) in a 8-0 win over Rowlett in the 6A Region II bi-district round. Lexi Crispin scored twice while Miranda Countryman, Morgan Countryman, Crispin, Katherine Mees, Iriana Sarpy, Avery Shipman and Ayla Garcia each scored once.
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