By DAVID CLAYBOURN
Greenville’s District 19-4A girls soccer champions will try to make school history today.
The 13-8-1 Lady Lions are trying to become the first girls soccer team in GHS history to win a playoff match. They’re taking on Little Elm at 5:30 p.m. in a bi-district playoff match at McKinney North High School.
Little Elm finished fourth in District 20-4A with a 1-6-1 record. The Lady Lobos’ only district win was over Carrollton Newman Smith, which tied Little Elm 2-2 in Friday’s district finale.
Greenville went 7-1 in district play to win its third straight district title. The Lady Lions lost their bi-district playoff 1-0 last year to R.L. Turner of Carrollton and also battled two-time defending state champion J.J. Pearce of Richardson to a scoreless tie in regulation in a 2011 bi-district playoff match. Pearce won the overtime shootout to advance.
Greenville coach Caree McKethan said the Lady Lions’ practices have been good leading up to this big match.
“They’ve been intense,” she said. “We like to have a nice balance between intensity and enjoying the sport.”
She said the Lady Lions will attack the Little Elm defense the way it has teams all season with Maddy Crabtree and Priscilla Carrillo leading the way. Crabtree ranks among the top scorers in the Metroplex with 31 goals to go with six assists. Carrillo’s scored 15 goals and has 13 assists. Brinkley Henson has six goals and four assists and Carol Twilley’s produced four goals and four assists.
The Lady Lions should be well-rested. Their last match was on March 18, when they downed Princeton 3-1. Crabtree booted in two goals in that match and Princeton gave up an own-goal when a Crabtree shot deflected off a Princeton defender before settling into the net.
McKethan said the Lady Lions play with a “kind of inner drive.”
“As a team they’re finding ways to get through tough situations,” she said.
The Greenville-Little Elm winner will advance to the area round to play either Frisco Liberty or Sherman.