The Greenville Lions can lock up the undisputed district soccer title with a victory over West Mesquite in the home finale tonight at T.A. “Cotton” Ford Stadium.

Scheduled game times are at 5:30 and 7 p.m. for the junior varsity and varsity matches.

The Lions’ junior varsity match scheduled for Tuesday at Highland Park was called off and the varsity match was moved up to 6 p.m. Greenville coach Kevin Wright said on Thursday night he anticipated that West Mesquite might call off tonight’s JV match and move the varsity match up to 6 p.m. but he hasn’t heard from the Wranglers’ coach so the two matches are still on with the same scheduled times.

The Greenville Lady Lions will close out their 2006 season at 6 tonight at A.C. New Middle School in Mesquite versus the West Mesquite Lady Wranglers. Only a varsity match is scheduled.

Greenville’s 14-4-5 Lions took over sole possession of first place in District 14-4A after outscoring Highland Park 2-1 in an overtime shootout on Tuesday night. Hervey Vasquez and Eli Ratcliff scored for the Lions after the two teams battled to a 0-0 tie in regulation. The district recognizes victories in the overtime shootouts though the game is officially recorded as a tie.

Greenville is now 12-1 in district play, while Highland Park is 11-2. A victory over West Mesquite would keep the Lions alone in first place. If the Lions lose and Highland Park beats Mesquite Poteet, the two teams would share first place but Highland Park would have an edge over the Lions after beating them 1-0 in regulation back on Feb. 17.

“If we win we’re first no matter what,” said Wright. “If we lose we need some help from Poteet to beat Park.”

Greenville downed West Mesquite 3-1 at Mesquite on Feb. 22 as the Lions outshot the Wranglers 23-7.

West Mesquite is 6-7 in district play including a 5-1 loss to Wylie on Tuesday night. The Wranglers have gone 3-2 in their last five matches, including victories of 2-0 over Forney, 2-1 over Kaufman and 1-0 over Terrell. They’ve also lost 2-1 to Mesquite Poteet.

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A second victory over West Mesquite would give the 11-12 Lady Lions a .500 record for the season and in district play. They are 6-7 heading into the final district match.

The Lady Wranglers are 4-9 in district play following a 9-0 loss to Wylie on Tuesday night. West Mesquite also nipped Terrell 1-0 last week and lost 10-0 to Mesquite Poteet.

The Lady Lions nipped West Mesquite 1-0 in a thick fog at Greenville on Feb. 21. Greenville freshman Maci Bradford scored the game’s only goal.

Greenville dropped its last game by a 3-0 count on Tuesday night to No. 3 state-ranked Highland Park.

“I’m very pleased,” said Lady Lions coach Catherine Just. “We played well. We really picked it up in the second half.”

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