The No. 9 state-ranked Greenville Lions have already clinched a playoff spot in soccer.

Tonight in Wylie they’ll continue their quest to repeat as the District 14-4A champions as the 14-4-3 Lions take on the Pirates at about 7. The junior varsity match kicks off the doubleheader with a 5:30 p.m. start.

The 11-10 Lady Lions will face a tough challenge when they entertain the No. 5 state-ranked Lady Pirates tonight at T.A. “Cotton” Ford Stadium. Scheduled game times are at 5:30 and 7 p.m. for the junior varsity and varsity.

The Lions are tied with Highland Park for first place in 14-4A at 10-1 with three district matches remaining. The Lions also play at Highland Park on Tuesday and then will entertain West Mesquite in the final district game on March 17.

Wylie has dropped two of its last three games to fall to 7-4 in district play. Wylie lost 2-0 to Mesquite Poteet on Feb. 28 and then 2-1 at Highland Park on Tuesday.

But don’t expect Greenville coach Kevin Wright to take the Pirates lightly.

“They could very easily be the best team in our district,” he said. “They’re three of us (Greenville, Highland Park and Wylie) and we’re all pretty close.”

The Lions nipped Wylie 1-0 in Greenville on Feb. 14, getting a goal in the first three minutes.

At Wylie, the going could get tougher for the Lions.

“I don’t think it really matters where you play them,” said Wright. “The kids are going to get after each other.”

Cory Vines scored the only goal in the Lions’ 1-0 victory over Terrell on Tuesday night.

Wright said the Lions played well though Terrell made it difficult to score.

“They just kind of packed eight guys in the 18 (yards away from the goal) and once they do that it gets tough in there,” he said.

Greenville is ranked ninth in Class 4A by the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches.

The Lady Lions are 6-5 in district play after Brooklyn Parker scored or assisted on all five of Greenville’s goals in a 5-3 win over Terrell on Tuesday night. Parker scored a hat trick and also tallied two assists. Casey Paul and Sierra Rodriguez also netted goals for the Lady Lions.

“It was a good win,” said Greenville coach Catherine Just. “It would have been nice not to have given up three goals.”

The Lady Lions are facing a Wylie team that is 10-1 in district play with nine straight victories including a 2-1 win over former state champion Highland Park on Tuesday night.

The Lady Pirates’ defense has allowed only one goal in its last seven matches, including a 5-0 victory over the Lady Lions on Feb. 14.

Wylie is ranked fifth in TASCO’s Class 4A girls poll.







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