Varsity girls soccer ranked #1 in state

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Fight or flight \\ Taking a breather from the intense game, senior Jayme Bailey eyes her next play during the Mesquite Horn game Jan. 4. Varsity won 4-0. Bailey scored two of the four goals. “Getting to be a leader on a team full of a lot of young talent makes being a senior on the team so much more enjoyable,” Bailey said.

Will another State Championship cup grace the shelves of the trophy case this school year? 

It’s been six years since the Lady Raider Soccer team brought home the first one back in 2015.

Still led by Head Soccer Coach Kody Christensen, the girls varsity team is well on their way to making that ultimate win a reality.  They won their 16th game in a row this season against Sherman Feb. 9 and are currently ranked number one in the state.

The team chemistry is just there like it’s never been before, we play for each other.”

— Jayme Bailey, senior

“The girls played another great game in some very tough weather,” Coach Christensen said.

Varsity defeated the Yellowjackets at Sherman 7-0 while JV won 3-1.

“Our team’s success this year is because of the relationships that we have built together off the field,” attacking central midfielder, senior, Jayme Bailey said. “The team chemistry is just there like it’s never been before, we play for each other.”

The first time this season the girls took the field as a team was a scrimmage against Sachse.

“Sachse is a talented 6A program and we beat them 2-1,” Bailey said. “It was a huge accomplishment and I think it opened all of our eyes and we saw how good we could really be. We have only gone up from there since!”

The team attributes its success to the culture of the environment they’ve created in the soccer program on and off the field.

“We are a talented and smart group as a whole and we truly believe in each other,” Bailey said. “It is a family more than a soccer team.”

They take on McKinney North at Home Feb. 12 at 7:15 p.m.

“I’m so proud of this program,” Coach Christensen said. “Players, parents and coaches. Still lots of soccer to go, but these girls are showing what culture can do in sports,” Coach Christensen said.