WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - The Wichita Falls high school boys soccer team is a day away from their second regional semifinal in three years and the Coyotes say there’s one word that describes their journey to this point.
“Resiliency," Coyotes senior midfielder Marco Barron said. "You gotta fight till the end, at this point anybody can win and it’s about who wants it more and I feel like in those last 15 minutes we want it more than any other team we have come across this playoff run.”
“The guys don’t let it get to them,” Coyotes senior defender Adrian Botello said. “If they miss a shot, they will go back and try to get another one. That is what is different about this year is we don’t give up, that’s really the good part about it.”
All three of Old High’s playoff matchups this year have been decided by one goal, but the same attributes that describe the Coyotes road can also apply to their opponent, Lake Dallas.
“Most of their wins in the playoffs have been close games as well," WFHS head coach Patrick McCauley said. “Like us. So they battle, they’ve come from behind as well. They’ve had two playoff games where they had to fight back from behind, they score late goals so it’s just a matter of us being disciplined the entire game.”
The Coyotes have trailed early in two of the first three rounds and they know the farther into the tournament they go, the harder it is to play from behind.
But the Coyotes say, scoring first isn’t the only key to surviving and advancing.
“To get this win over Lake Dallas," Botello said. "We need to play confident and play composed like we have the past couple of playoff games. We are all serious about it and we are ready to play.”
“I got to watch them play the other day in their regional quarterfinal game," coach McCauley said. All 10 field players are comfortable on the ball, can knock it around and they got some kids that can score.
They aren’t very deep, I think they had one sub and that might be a factor coming into a high-stakes, high pressure game, but we just have to keep our shape defensively and just stay disciplined and keep numbers behind the ball then we can deal with their guys going forward.”
The Coyotes come into this regional semifinal on a 13-game unbeaten streak and they are 9-2 in the 11-straight regional playoff games that have been decided by one goal.