Boys soccer face Midlothian in regional playoffs


Courtesy of Eric Miller

The Leopards advance to the regional tournament this weekend with an overtime win against Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday.

Joe Vastano, Staff Reporter

The boy’s soccer team (14-4-5, 11-2-1) advanced yet again to reach the regional semifinals after coming from behind to defeat Mount Pleasant (19-1-5), 2-1 on Tuesday. With three playoff wins now under their belt, the Leopards will head to Carrollton to face Midlothian High School (19-4-3).

I expect to see an organized Midlothian team, one that has earned the right to be in the regional tournament as we have,” head coach, Alex Duran said. “A team that will put everything on the line to be able to play on Saturday. As far as we are concerned there is no other way to do it.”

Midlothian just came off a win against Conrad (16-1) 1-0, to advance to play the Leopards. The two teams have no common matchups, so each will see something completely new from each other. Preparation comes with learning how to face a new opponent.

“We have been resting and working on simple technique and finishing,” sophomore Jackson Diamond said. “We just need to continue to play our game.”

The Leopards will kick off against the Panthers at 4 p.m. The school is allowing students to leave with permission from their parents to go attend the game and support the team while having an excused absence.

If the Leopards pull out a victory against the Panthers, they will face either Frisco Wakeland (18-5), or Jefferson (12-8) in the regional finals for a bid to go to the state tournament.  

“Starting from the get go with a lot of energy and maintaining that energy throughout the whole game will be the most important key to beating Midlothian,” sophomore Christian Kwon said.