Katy teams gear up for playoffs

By Tyler Tyre, Sports Editor
Posted 3/23/22

There are a number of teams that could make a run and push to the later rounds of the playoffs, both on the boys and girls sides. And it will be an exciting few weeks of playoff soccer beginning Thursday.

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Katy teams gear up for playoffs

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Katy ISD teams are gearing up for the postseason in soccer, with the teams coming off one of the toughest district gauntlets in the state.

There are a number of teams that could make a run and push to the later rounds of the playoffs, both on the boys and girls sides. And it will be an exciting few weeks of playoff soccer beginning Thursday.

The Seven Lakes boys are coming off their third district championship and have had a dominant season, totaling a record of 15-1-3 while going 8-1-3 in District 19-6A play. The Spartans have outscored opponents 70-18 this year while their only loss came to district foe Taylor.

The Spartans will play Clements in the bi-district round 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Legacy Stadium.

In Class 5A, Paetow also comes off its third straight district championship, and the Panthers have also had a dominant season. The Panthers went 16-1-3 on the season while going 13-0-3 in district. The Panthers only loss on the year was to Houston Lamar. Paetow only tied three opponents in district play Paetow will play Kingwood Park to kick off the playoffs 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Pridgeon Stadium.

A year after making it to the regional finals, Tompkins is also set up to make another run at things.

The Falcons boys team finished second in district with 26 points, just one off of Seven Lakes and they finished 8-2-2 in district with a 16-3-2 record overall and 64 goals scored to just 25 goals allowed.

Tompkins is looking to make another run this year with a strong junior and senior class and that will start when they play Ridge Point at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Rhodes Stadium.

Rounding out the boys playoff field is Cinco Ranch and Taylor.

The Cougars had a strong season, going 11-5-4 overall and 7-2-3 in district, Cinco started out district hot, but lost twice to Seven Lakes and lost to Taylor to finish third. They will play Fort Bend Austin 7 p.m. Friday at Travis for their chance to move on.

Taylor finished in fourth place, but was hot down the stretch and will be a force to be reckoned with for any team in the playoffs. The Mustangs started district with four straight losses, and looked out of playoff contention, but five wins in the teams last six games pulled them right back in and clinched a playoff berth.

Those wins included wins over Seven Lakes and Cinco Ranch, as the Mustangs reached a gear down the district stretch, now they will have a chance to unseat the No. 1 seed from District 20-6-A, when they play Fort Bend Bush at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Austin High.

The Jordan boys finished second in District 19-5A and now has a chance to go on a playoff run for the first time in school history when the Warriors play Lakes Creek at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Legacy Stadium.

On the girl’s side, Seven Lakes won the district title and are wanting to go on another deep playoff run, setting themselves up perfectly to do so.

The Spartans are 14-2-2 this year with a 10-1-1 record in district, showing a dominance against almost every opponent they’ve faced. Along with that, the Spartans have allowed just four goals over the course of the entire season and only one goal throughout district play. And defense and goalkeeping is one of the most important aspects of playoff soccer.

Tompkins came in second in the district, but did hand Seven Lakes its only district loss while tying the Spartans in their other meeting, showing the capability of the squad.

The Falcons have their own strong playoff ambitions and they will get the chance to start those 5:30 p.m. Friday at Rhodes Stadium when they take on George Ranch.

Katy and Taylor were the final two playoff teams out of the district and Katy also has a strong ability to make a push in the playoffs. The Tigers went 11-3-3 on the year with a 8-2-2 district record while scoring 42 times compared to giving up just 13 goals.

The Tigers are determined to make this playoff appearance count, as it will be the final playoff run for the school with Dianne Loftin. The Tigers will start the playoffs when they face Clements at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Austin High.

Taylor had some drama down the stretch, but made it into the playoffs and will look to play at a high level as they try to advance past an undefeated Ridge Point team 7 p.m. Friday at Tully Stadium.

Jordan rounds out the Katy ISD schools making the playoffs, the first year program finished second in district, narrowly missing out on a district title to Magnolia. The Warriors went 13-6-1 this year with a 12-2-1 record in district, scoring 66 goals compared to just 17 goals allowed over the course of the year.

The Warriors have a strong chance at their first ever playoff win when they play  at Lake Creek 4 p.m. Friday with a trip to the area round on the line.

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