Soccer is alive and well across Midlothian. That much is certain.

Just look no further than Midlothian and Midlothian Heritage High Schools. All four soccer programs punched their tickets to the regional tournament last Friday.


Two Midlothian Panther underclassmen fired home the difference makers in a thrilling overtime win Friday against Dallas Samuell to clinch the 5A Region II quarterfinal championship.

Tanner Henderson (soph) and Erick Guerra (junior) found the back of the Dallas Samuell net on assists by Maycol Reyes and Christian Naizer for the 2-nil overtime win. Guerra scored his goal in the 99th minute of the 100-minute marathon.

Beckham Guest and Mason Crowther recorded the clean sheet in goal to improve the Panthers to 18-6-2 on the year. Midlothian has now outscored its opponents 71-30.

Midlothian faces Mount Pleasant at 3 p.m. Friday, April 13 at Standridge Stadium in Carrollton. It will mark the second-straight trip to the regional tournament for the Panthers.

The winner plays at the same time and location Saturday.

Mount Pleasant is 20-5-2 on the season and has outscored its opposition 89-24.


One-hundred minutes was not enough for the Midlothian Lady Panthers in the Region II quarterfinals Friday night against Crowley.

Instead, the Lady Panthers pulled out the regional quarterfinal championship win with a 3-1 victory via shootout.

The win improved the Lady Panthers to 16-4-8 on the season.

Midlothian advances to face (25-0-1) Highland Park at 10 a.m. Friday, April 13 at Standridge Stadium in Carrollton. This is the first trip for the Lady Panthers to the regional tournament since 2010.

The winner plays at the same time and location Saturday.

Highland Park, the defending 5A state champion, has outscored its opposition 109-8 this season, while the Lady Panthers have posted an 88-25 mark.

The Lady Scots have won 24 consecutive matches and their goalkeepers have recorded 18 shutouts on the year. The 4-2 win for Highland Park in the 5A regional quarterfinals against Centennial marked the most goals against in any one match this season.


For the first time in program history, the Midlothian Heritage boys' soccer program is headed to the 4A regional tournament.

The Jaguars bested a tough Anna side, 1-nil, last Friday in the 4A Region I quarterfinals.

Heritage now faces Bridgeport at 4 p.m. Friday, April 13 at the Birdville Athletics Complex in the 4A Region I semifinals. The winner plays at the same location and time Saturday.

Bridgeport is 20-3-1 on the season and has outscored its opposition 103-21, while Heritage has bested its opponents 91-27 for a 22-5-1 record.


The playoff matchup was seemingly unavoidable. Midlothian Heritage and Kennedale were destined to meet in the 4A girls' soccer playoffs.

Two years ago, the Jaguars fell to Kennedale 12-0 just three matches before a second-round playoff exit. It was the first year for varsity soccer at Midlothian Heritage.

The Lady Kats then ousted the Jaguars from the postseason in the regional quarterfinals, 2-1, one season later.

The two teams returned to the scene of the 2017 crime Friday night — RL Anderson Stadium in Mansfield. And this time, it was Midlothian Heritage who walked off a winner, 3-1.

The regional quarterfinal victory is the first in program history and came after about a 20-minute blackout with just a few minutes left to play.

"I knew the girls were ready for the game and I knew that they were ready to come out and play Kennedale as tough as we needed to do to get the win," Heritage head girls’ soccer coach Gerald Slovacek said.

Katie Greer netted her 21st and 22nd goals of the season in the victory, while Tori Needels assisted on the own goal by the Lady Kats.

Freshmen Rachel Allen and Hannah Dorsey assisted on the pair of Greer goals.

Megan McCarthy recorded her 15th shutout in goal on the season. Shylar Ray relieved the sophomore goalkeeper to finish out the clean sheet.

Heritage has outscored its opposition 119-14 on the season.

The Jaguars are now 25-3-1 on the season.

Heritage faces defending state champion Stephenville at 11 a.m. Friday, April 13 at the Birdville ISD Fine Arts and Athletic Center. The Jaguars previously defeated the Honeybees, 1-nil, in the championship of the second annual Heritage Frostbite Tournament.

The winner plays for the chance to go to the 4A state tournament at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14 at Birdville ISD Fine Arts and Athletic Center.