HOUSTON — The Lady Guard reached the state championship game in the program’s second year in TAPPS and they’ll see a familiar foe in the final.
Bullard Brook Hill took down Houston Cypress Christian 3-0 on Friday, setting up a TAPPS Division III title bout against district rival Colleyville Covenant Christian.
The final will be played at 9 a.m. Saturday from Houston Awty International High School, the third meeting between the two schools.
Morgan Moss had a goal and two assists to spark the Lady Guard (13-5) to victory at Houston St. Thomas High School.
Brook Hill led 1-0 at halftime before taking control in the second half. Hayley Dumesnil scored and had an assist. Kendall Wells tallied the other goal, bringing her season total to 21.
“It was a very physical game,” Lady Guard coach David Collins said. “The girls played well. We played real simple in the second half.”
Collins noted the play of his defense, with Lily Cool assigned to defend the Lady Warriors’ (9-7-3) top forward.
“We defended well all day,” Collins said. “Lily Cool and Ari Assad did an outstanding job defending their attack. Maria (Moore) and Kirby (Vinson) did well, too.”
Brook Hill now takes on TAPPS D-III District 1 champion Covenant Christian, which beat Austin Veritas Academy 1-0 on Friday. The Lady Cougars (17-5-2) beat the Lady Guard 2-0 and 3-0 earlier in the year.
“If we work together like we usually do, I think we can take them down,” Brook Hill junior Kennedy Rose said Wednesday.
Wells said commitment to defense will be vital.
“Sometimes we get caught up in going forward that we forget to drop back and defend,” the midfielder said earlier in the week. “I feel like if we really focus on defense and coming back to help them then we can because defense is way more important. I feel like if we keep working together and keep the effort up, then the talent will show up and we’ll be able to go forward.”
Brook Hill wasn’t at full strength the last time it played Covenant Christian, and Collins said he thinks his team has the tactics to take down the title favorites.
“Their play is very dictated and I think that if we can exploit some of that we can create opportunities for ourselves,” Collins said Wednesday. “This time we’ll be at full strength.”
TAPPS Division III Girls State Tournament
Bullard Brook Hill 3, Houston Cypress Christian 0
Colleyville Covenant Christian 1, Austin Veritas Academy 0
Bullard Brook Hill vs. Colleyville Covenant Christian, 9 a.m. Saturday, Houston Awty International High School