It’s on to Round 2 in the soccer playoffs for the Highland Park girls, in the absurdly large Class 4A bracket in which lopsided matchups tend to reign supreme in the first few rounds.
The Lady Scots (17-4-1) hope to keep their momentum against McKinney North at 6 p.m. Friday at Toyota Stadium in Frisco.
HP easily dispatched Paris 10-0 in the bi-district round on Monday behind a hat trick from Hope Hyde, and have won nine straight games overall. Natalie Dargene added two goals in the playoff opener.
McKinney North could provide a solid test after sharing the District 17-4A title with Prosper during the regular season. The Lady Bulldogs, who topped Frisco Liberty 1-0 in the first round, are led offensively by the combination of Belicia Mendiola (20 goals this season) and Sabrina Martineau (14 goals).
The winner of Friday’s game will face either heavily favored Frisco or Little Elm in the sectional round next week.
Let’s flash back to 2012, when the Lady Scots also opened the postseason with a 10-0 thrashing of Paris, then followed with a 1-0 win over McKinney North. They went on to win the 4A state title that spring. Whether that’s an omen, of course, remains to be seen.
By the way, there will be a public send-off for the team at 3:40 p.m. Friday at Highland Park High School.