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NE HOUSTON GIRLS SOCCER PREVIEW: Kingwood Park, Kingwood, Porter push into Regional Quarterfinals
4/5/2018 6:13 PM

The road to Georgetown is starting to get shorter as the bracket gets smaller and Northeast Houston girls soccer teams are representing well.

Kingwood is currently ranked as the No. 7 team in Class 6A in Texas and the Lady Mustangs are blowing the doors off the competition in the playoffs. First Kingwood beat Pasadena 6-0 and then on Tuesday dismantled George Ranch 4-0, with three of those goals coming in the second half.

The District 21-6A Offensive MVP from a year ago Colleen Feagins netted two goals in the win against George Ranch, she now has 29 for the season. Emma Ebert is having a breakout sophomore season. Ebert entered the playoffs with 20 goals and has scored five in two playoff outings to bring her to 25 for the year.

Kingwood gets Deer Park in the Regional Quarterfinals on Friday after the Deer took down a very good Pearland team 1-0. This will be a rematch from last year, which ended in penalty kicks, Kingwood winning 1-1 (5-3).

Kingwood is trying to reach the Regional Semifinals for the 21st time since 1990 and in back-to-back seasons. Kingwood has not reached the Regional Finals since 2010 and the state tournament since 2004.

MATCH INFO: Deer Park vs Kingwood – Friday / 6:30 p.m. / Challenger Stadium (Winner will face winner of Tompkins vs Cy Woods at Abshier Stadium on Friday, April 13 in Region III-6A Semifinals at 2:30 p.m.)

Now to Class 5A and staying in Kingwood, down the road Kingwood Park is just rolling along.

The Panthers continued their impressive run in the playoffs with a 6-0 win against Santa Fe on Tuesday. Kingwood Park has outscored opponents 14-0 in the playoffs so far.

Kingwood Park hasn’t allowed a goal since February 13, when it beat New Caney 2-1. The Panthers went 13-0 in District 21-5A play, outscored opponents 57-2 in that stretch, and have scored 100 goals this season.

Junior Allie Byrd, playing about half the season since she also stars on the women’s basketball team, has netted 19 goals and three assists. Sophomore Mia Wehby has been also key, leading the way with 20 goals and nine assists.

"We have some good competition amongst the forwards and mids for playing time and it shows in some of their performances," Kingwood Park coach Jess White said. "I'm blessed to have a variety of types of players so it's difficult to just double up on one girl."

Kingwood Park now faces Texas City in the Regional Quarterfinals. This will be the first meeting between the two programs since January 17, 2014. Kingwood Park won the match 3-1.

Kingwood Park is in the Regional Quarterfinals for the fourth time in school history and first time since 2016. Kingwood Park last reached the Regional Semifinals in 2016.

MATCH INFO: Texas City vs Kingwood Park – Friday / 7 p.m. / Abshier Stadium (Winner will face winner of Tomball Memorial vs Cedar Park at Turner Stadium on Friday, April 13 in the Region III-5A Semifinals at 1 p.m.)

Porter is another team to watch in the playoffs.

The Spartans are under first-year head coach Luis Valle and are heading to the Regional Quarterfinals for the second-straight season.

Now standing in the way of more playoff success is a program that has ousted them from the postseason the last two years – 5-1 in 2016 and 3-2 in 2017.

Junior Kimberly Rodriguez leads Porter and she will be the speedster to lookout for.

Port Neches-Groves enters this match with a 22-3-3 record on the season. The Indians are all about defense. This season PN-G has recorded 21 shutouts and has registered four-straight, including back-to-back 1-0 victories in the playoffs.

With a win, Porter would advance to the Regional Semifinals for the first time in program history.

MATCH INFO: Port Neches-Groves vs Porter – Friday / 5:30 p.m. / Galena Park ISD Stadium (Winner will face winner of Tomball and Rouse on Friday, April 13 at 11 a.m. at Turner Stadium in the Region III-5A Semifinals)

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