Lady Mustangs advance to state soccer tournament

FRIENDSWOOD — No. 3 state-ranked Friendswood Lady Mustangs won the Class 5A Region III title with their 1-0 victory over No. 4 Magnolia to advance to the 5A state soccer tournament. The last time the Lady Mustangs were in the state tournament was in 2014 when they lost to Wylie East 4-0 in the 4A state semifinals.

“I really hadn’t thought about the fact that it’s been since 2014 until I saw it published in the paper,” Friendswood head coach Laura Peter said. “After 2014, we were 6A for four years and that level’s tough. We thought we had a great chance to be successful last year, then didn’t get to finish our season.

"Every time we step on the field for the playoffs right now, I think about last year’s seniors. I’m just so proud of this group.”

Friendswood girls advanced to state in 1999, 2000, and 2001.

In 1998, Friendswood beat Buda Hays 2-0 in the 4A state semifinals, but lost to Colleyville Heritage 2-0 in the 4A state finals.

In 1999, Friendswood lost to Highland Park 2-1 in the 4A state semifinals.

In 2000, Friendswood beat beat Cedar Park in the 4A state semifinals and beat Denton 4-3 to win the 4A state crown.

At this printing, Friendswood will have faced No. 2 state-ranked Dripping Springs in College Station on Tuesday night in the 5A state semifinals with the winner advancing to Georgetown for the 5A state championship on Friday, April 15 at 2:00 p.m. Check for the results at:

In their win against Magnolia, the Lady Mustangs scored their only goal in the 47th minute of action. Olivia Schmidt dribbled into the left side of the box and sent a low cross under Magnolia keeper Taylor Sanderson and it was kicked in at the right post by Brooke Spinks making the score 1-0.

Magnolia pushed up the field but was kept from high-quality chances in close by the aggressive Friendswood back line.

“They’ve come together and they don’t quit,” Peter said of her team. “That’s what I’m most proud of. I don’t know that we were the better team for the whole game, but we created some chances and came back in the second half.”

The match was scoreless in the first half as both teams were in a defensive battle.