Nine matches into the 2018 soccer season have the Midlothian Heritage girls' squad making a little more than just noise — the Jaguars are putting the state on notice.
Heritage bested defending 4A state champion Stephenville in the championship of the 2nd annual Heritage Frostbite Tournament on Saturday, 1-0.
“We feel like it was an accomplishment," Heritage girls head soccer coach Gerald Slovacek said. "I wanted to test this team this year. I wanted to play the best competition that we could because we feel we have a special team and Stephenville is a quality team. They have a lot of young players. They won the state championship last year, and we wanted to play the best. At some point, we are going to have to beat the best to be where we want to be. “
The lone goal against the Honeybees in the championship came via a penalty kick from sophomore Mckenlee Mabra and gave the ladies their second tournament title in as many tries.
“Both teams had some attacking chances. We got the PK on the fouls. It was a very physical game," Slovacek said. "It was not the type of game I want our girls to play. We really did not play really good soccer. It was really more like a kick the ball down the field type of deal which is not what I teach them to do. But, the game played into that with the physicality and the styling and stuff like that. But, we got it done.”
Heritage won the Kennedale LadyKat Regional Cup with a perfect 4-0 mark one week prior, outscoring their opposition 16-0 in the process.
In fact, Jaguar goalkeepers have yet to allow a goal this season, while the offense has knocked in 35 goals.
“We are trying to get better after every game and in practice every week. Mentally, I think it was a big hurdle to get over knowing that we were competing against the best team in the state. We did a really good job against the Abilene Wiley team in the Kennedale tournament. And they were a top ten team in the state as well," Slovacek added. "The girls are starting to believe in each other and fight for each other. That’s what I teach. It’s not about win places, its about the team playing together.”
Heritage returns to action this weekend, Jan. 18—20 in the Birdville tournament.
The Jaguars earned wins in pool play of the 2nd annual Heritage Frostbite Tournament over Lake Worth (7-0), Mineral Wells (2-0), and Nevada Community (8-0). The pool play results set up the championship match versus defending 4A state champion Stephenville on Saturday afternoon. Stephenville won its pool by defeating Diamond Hill (2-1), Anna (3-0), and Carrollton Ranchview (6-0).
In the championship match, Mabra scored the game-winner on a penalty kick, while Megan McCarthy recorded the shutout in goal.
The Heritage Jaguar varsity soccer team earned a big win against 5A Red Oak Tuesday night, Jan. 9, 1-0.
It was a back and forth physical game that saw numerous scoring opportunities. In the 70th minute, Grayce Davis scored on a 45-yard free kick just over the outstretched arms of the Red Oak keeper. Solid team defense and excellent keeper play by McCarthy and Shylar Ray netted the Jaguars the shutout.
The junior varsity girls soccer team fell to Red Oak by a score of 2-1 earlier in the evening. The Jaguars had many scoring chances but couldn't capitalize. Emilee Page provided the lone goal for Heritage.
The JV team is 0-1-0 early in the season.
The Heritage Jaguar girls' varsity soccer team won the Kennedale LadyKat Regional Cup Tournament Championship, held Jan. 4—6.
The Jaguars earned the title by compiling a 4-0-0 record with wins versus Mineral Wells (3-0), Bryan Rudder (4-0), Abilene Wylie (1-0), and Graham (8-0).
Travis M. Smith and Mike Sackett/Mirror contributed to this report.