DALLAS — The Midlothian Heritage High School remained atop the District 8-4A standings after beating Life High School Oak Cliff 9-nil Friday at Life Stadium.
The (16-3-2, 5-0-0) Jaguars didn't only survive the Lady Lions' den. They walked out without a scratch, notching their 10th shutout win of the season. Both their defense and the play of goalkeepers Shylar Ray and Megan McCarthy have been keys to their dominance this season.
Midlothian Heritage has allowed only three goals in its last seven games and 31 in 21 games (.677 goals per game). Twelve of those scores — nearly half of the total — came during an 8-0 season-opening loss to Frisco Reedy High School and a 4-1 loss to Melissa High School.
The offense, though. can come early, often and in an instant for the Lady Jaguars. Midlothian used seven different scorers to earn the win — including Kendall Shirley the program's single-season records holder.
While Shirley chipped in a slick goal from a couple of yards out, Katie Greer earned a three-goal hat trick and her sixth of the season. Grace Hackney (1), Leah Chancey, Logan Ybarra, Grayce Davis and Vicky Reyes added a goal each.
Their scoring, however, came via assists from the well-educated feet of Leah Chancey (3), Megan McCarthy, Vicky Reyes, Grace Hackney, Denis Juarez. Greer also had a pair of helpers.
With four games remaining on the season schedule, Shirley has already scored 29 goals and 12 assists. Chancey, a freshman standout, trails closely in scoring with 26 goals and eight assists.
Brittiney Gardner, the program's single-season record holder in assists with 15, didn't register a helper but Reyes, who has 12 in 2017, did.
Midlothian Heritage was scheduled to face Alvarado High School at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Charles Head Stadium in Alvarado. The Jaguars beat the Lady Indians 2-1 on Senior Night during their first district meeting on Feb. 10.
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