Forget the four nondistrict losses during an inconsistent start to the season. The Highland Park girls soccer team knows when it’s playoff time.
The Lady Scots are carrying plenty of momentum into postseason play after another undefeated run through the District 20-4A schedule, and head coach Stewart Brown said he thinks HP is capable of another deep run.
“We’ve learned a lot over the early part of the season, and we’re peaking at the right time,” Brown said. “We’ve been working on a lot of stuff all year. Some of that is coming together very nicely. Our confidence is high now, and the energy level is higher as well.”
The Lady Scots (16-4-1) will face Paris in the bi-district round of the Class 4A Region II playoffs at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Royse City. It will be the third time in the last four seasons that HP has opened postseason play against the Lady Cats, with the Lady Scots winning 8-0 in 2011 and 10-0 in 2012.
HP outscored its opponents in eight league games by a combined 43-3, and has not allowed more than one goal in any game since a 4-0 loss to Wylie East on Jan. 21.
If it reaches the state tournament, scheduled for April 17-19 in Georgetown, HP will get its opportunity to avenge last season’s heartbreaking loss in the Class 4A state title game that spoiled an undefeated season. That came one year after the Lady Scots took home the crown in 2012.
Brown said the current roster has the talent and experience to make another run in the program’s final season at the 4A level.
“We’re very deep talent-wise, and the girls are very hungry,” he said. “This team is certainly as good as those teams, and maybe better in some aspects. We have the experience of the last couple of years to help us when things get tough.”