By Hayley Dumesnil
The Lady Guard are the 2013 TAPPS Division III State Champions, in only their third year having a soccer team and their second year in TAPPS.
The year before that, the Lady Guard made it to the TAPPS State Final Four in their first year in TAPPS district.
After the 2013 season, the Lady Guard only graduated one senior, so they are looking a repeat state championship this season.
The season has begun and let’s meet the Lady Guard.
David Collins is the head coach with Jordan Roquemore as the assistant coach. The senior players are Hayley Dumesnil, Kennedy Rose, Hayden Langemeier, Maria Moore, Lily Cool, Elise Hawkins, and Kendall Wells.
The juniors are Ari Assad, Penny End, Tito Babatunde, Janette Nwachukwu, Hope Cooper, and Danielle Adams.
The sophomores are Katherine Stair, Morgan Moss, and Julia Troxell.
The freshmen are Katie Smith and Caroline “Le Meng” Conneen.
So far in district, the Lady Guard are 3-0 and 5-0 on the season. They beat All Saints and Grace in preseason games in January. They have beaten Irving the Highlands 7-0, Dallas Westwood 8-0, and, as of last week, Dallas Covenant 9-0 in district. That puts them at a grand total of 24 goals scored and 0 allowed.
So far, the team is clearly undefeated and has kept a clean sheet when it comes to goals allowed.
The reason lies, primarily, in its “brick wall” defense consisting of Ari Assad, Maria Moore, and Lily Cool across the back line, with Hayden Langemeier in the goal.
They play Sherman Texoma and Carrollton Christian this week. They have a jam-packed district schedule that’ll be very competitive. They’ll be playing as little as 2 games a week and as many as 4, so it’ll be a very busy time.
Hopefully the winning streak continues for the Lady Guard. Their four goals for the year are win state, win district, stay undefeated, and give up no goals in district or in the play offs.
The Lady Guard have their eyes on the prize though, another state championship. They know what it takes to get there and they are preparing for that road. March 7 is the day of the state championship game and the Lady Guard want to be one of the teams on the field on that day.
There is a lot of hype surrounding this season and the Lady Guard are trying to hold up under the pressure of a repeat and, so far, they are holding up quite well.
On a personal note, I am so grateful to be a part of this Lady Guard soccer team. I have been here since girls soccer was introduced to Brook Hill my 9th grade year, 2010-2011. We have really progressed as a team and I couldn’t be more proud of the girls I call my sisters. I am honored to have been a part of the state championship team my junior year and I am so excited to hopefully repeat my senior year, this year. I am one of the four captains and I am honored to be one of their leaders.
The Lady Guard needs lots of supports so come out and cheer us on at one of our many home games coming up! Brave the cold, it’ll be well worth it!