Lady Mustangs fall in state semifinals

FRIENDSWOOD — First, before the results of the Class 4A state soccer semifinals is written, the Friendswood Lady Mustangs must be congratulated for an outstanding 2014 season. The Lady 'Stangs captured the district and region crowns to advance to the state tournament with only four teams still dancing while all the other 4A teams across the big state of Texas were sitting at home.

With that said, one must be reminded that despite this being the eighth time that a Friendswood team was at the state tournament, the 2014 squad had no experience at the same level as other Friendswood teams in the past.

Friendswood was on equal footing with their opponent Wylie East that was making their first trip to the state tournament. The Lady Raiders are a very young school so this was a tremendous accomplishment for them to be in the final four.

Wylie East entered the contest with a 23-1-1 season mark while Friendswood was 22-4-3. Both play at a high level of competition and were deserving of being on the big stage.

But it was clear from the outset that Wylie East was a very strong team. It took the Lady Raiders only 6:32 in the opening half to score as Valiree Morris took a pass from Asia Revely and fired the ball past Friendswood goalkeeper Klaryssa Heussmann for a 1-0 lead.

Friendswood's defense couldn't recover as the Lady Raiders hit two more goals. Addison McCain got behind the Lady Mustangs defense to score for a 2-0 advantage and around four minutes later, Revely added another goal with 19:17 left in the first half making the score 3-0.

With 6:56 left before intermission, Morgan Cave found an opening for a shot and made the goal to close out the first half for a 4-0 lead which is almost an insurmountable lead at this level of competition.

The 4-0 lead was all Wylie East needed as Friendswood never posed any real threat in the second half after spending the majority of the first half trying to defend the various missiles that were launched at the goal.

"We really played well in the second half, we committed no matter what the score," Friendswood head coach Laura Peter said. "We wouldn't quit, and the girls played hard with courage in the second half."

Despite the score, sophomore goalkeeper Klaryssa Heussmann made several incredible saves to keep the goal total to only four. It could have been a lot worse.

"They (Wylie East) came out and just played a lot faster, they were one-touch passing and we didn't read them well." Peter said.

On a positive wrap for the season, Friendswood finished the season winning 16 of its 18 matches and totaled 17 shutouts on the season. The Lady Mustangs will certainly be strong again next season as they have proven in the past.

Congratulations to senior defender Cortlyn Buck and sophomore midfielder Selina Vickery who were both named to the Class 4A UIL Soccer State All-Tournament Team.