WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - The Wichita Falls High School soccer team is heading to state for the first time in program history!
The Coyotes defeated El Paso Del Valle 1-0 on Saturday in the Region I-5A finals at Memorial Stadium.
It's the first trip to state for any Old High team sport since the basketball Coyotes in 1995, though football also made the state semis in 2000. Still, it's led to a sense of excitement that hasn't been felt in a while around Old High, and the team's coach and players can definitely feel it.
"It's been a while, and it's real exciting," said 5th-year head coach Patrick McCauley. "You felt it coming to school today. Kids in the hallway, teachers, other coaches."
"To me it hasn't hit yet that we're going to state, because I just can't believe it yet," said senior forward Alex Ramirez, who had to miss the regional final after drawing a red card in Friday's semifinal "It's great. Representing this town, representing this school."
"It's very, very exciting, and it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said freshman goalkeeper Israel Gonzalez. "And I think we should take advantage of it."
The Coyotes (16-2-6) will face Frisco Wakeland (20-4-1) in the first of two Class 5A boys' semifinals, Thursday at 5 p.m. at Birkelbach Field in Georgetown, north of Austin. The other semifinal pits Brownsville Lopez (16-3-1) and Waller (21-5-3) at 7:30 p.m. The championship match is set for Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Stay tuned to Newschannel 6 this week as we continue to preview the game, and watch for full coverage Thursday from Georgetown!