Hillcrest was one of the last teams into the Class 5A boys soccer playoffs. However, the Panthers won’t be one of the first teams out.
After claiming a postseason spot through a fourth-place tiebreaker on Tuesday. Hillcrest upset District 12-5A champion Seagoville 2-0 in overtime on Thursday at Forester Stadium.
The Region II bi-district victory lifts the Panthers (13-6-3) into a matchup against Frisco Wakeland on Monday. The Wolverines (18-4-1) crushed Wylie East 4-0 on Thursday.
Not far away, Jesuit managed the same feat on Thursday, scoring a 2-1 upset of District 8-6A top seed Arlington Martin on penalty kicks in Grapevine.
The Rangers (10-7-4) needed a tiebreaker victory over Richardson Pearce two days earlier just to qualify for the playoffs. Their run will continue thanks to a first-half goal by Josh Roppolo, stellar goalkeeping by Cole Hines, and a shootout game-winner by Julian McDaniel.
Jesuit advances to meet either Lewisville or Prosper in the Class 6A Region I area round next week.
In more boys action, W.T. White surged to a 5-1 win over Molina in 5A Region II, led by two goals from Jesus Abeja at Sprague Stadium. The Longhorns (13-3-5), who are the top seed from 11-5A, will meet either McKinney North or Frisco Liberty next.
On the girls side, WTW was even more dominant, rolling to a 9-0 victory over Samuell at Loos Stadium. Sandi Agudo had a hat trick, and WTW head coach Hank Alven earned his 100th career win. Next up, the Longhorns (13-3-4) will face either Lovejoy or Frisco Reedy.