Ursuline is poised to add another soccer trophy to its case this week, aiming to reclaim its familiar place atop Texas private schools. But it won’t be easy.
The unbeaten Bears (18-0-1) will face Fort Worth Nolan in the TAPPS Division I state semifinals on Wednesday in Grapevine. Nolan and Ursuline previously played to a 1-1 tie during a nondistrict matchup on Nov. 4.
The semifinal winner will meet either San Antonio Antonian or Houston St. Agnes on Friday for the title.
Ursuline has won championships in 27 of the past 29 seasons, with the most recent coming in 2018. The Bears have outscored their opponents by a combined 99-4 this season under new head coach Darrin Hedges, who came to Ursuline after a successful stint at rival Bishop Lynch.
In their first two playoff games, they rolled to an 8-0 win over Fort Worth All Saints and a 6-0 victory over Trinity Christian.
In TAPPS Division III, the Covenant boys and girls will each play for a state title on Saturday. The boys (15-7-1) outlasted Cristo Rey 2-1 in overtime in the semifinals on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Lady Knights (17-4-1) blanked Flower Mound Coram Deo 3-0 in the semifinals and have outscored their three postseason opponents by a combined margin of 11-0.