The No. 8 boys soccer team in Class 4A will battle No. 9 as Highland Park entertains Greenville tonight in a showdown for first place in District 14-4A.

The game is set for 6 p.m. at Highlander Stadium. There will be no junior varsity contest because of spring break.

Highland Park, ranked eighth by the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches, is 11-1 in district play including a 1-0 victory at Greenville on Feb. 17.

Greenville, ranked ninth by TASCO, is also 11-1 in district play, including three victories in overtime shootouts. The Lions are 14-4-4 for the season.

Both Highland Park and Greenville are assured of playoff berths so this game could decide the district championship though the Scots still have a district game left on Friday at Mesquite Poteet and the Lions are scheduled to entertain West Mesquite on Friday.

“It’d be great to go through this district with one loss because that’s saying a lot,” said Greenville coach Kevin Wright.

The Lions finished first in district play last season with a 12-2 record.

“We’d like to at least even it up (against Highland Park). Not get swept by anybody,” he said.

Wright said the Scots have a lot of skilled players and they also play with a lot of effort. He’s also looking for that kind of effort from the Lions.

Wright also said the Lions have been getting great fan support this season.

“We’ve had cheering sections making just about every game,” he said.

The Lions tied Wylie 2-2 on Friday night but outscored the Pirates 3-2 in the overtime shootout on goals by Jonathan Tapp, Cory Vines and Eli Ratcliff. Twin brothers Thomas Tapp and Jonathan Tapp scored for the Lions in regulation.


Greenville’s 11-11 Lady Lions will close out their home season tonight at T.A. “Cotton” Ford Stadium against No. 3 state-ranked Highland Park.

Highland Park is 10-2 in district, including a 4-0 victory over Greenville on Feb. 17. Highland Park scored its final goal with 51 seconds remaining as Greenville goalkeeper Katie Jones saved 19 shots.

The Lady Scots’ only district losses have been 3-2 and 2-1 to Wylie, which is 11-1 in district play.

Wylie, which is ranked fifth in Class 4A, handed the Lady Lions a 5-0 loss on Friday night at T.A. “Cotton” Ford Stadium.

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