Lady Guard Soccer
GIRLS STATE CHAMPIONS: 2013, 2014
STATE-SEMI FINALIST: 2012
District Champions: 2014
Back to Back TAPPS Div. III State Champions
In the battle of the unbeatens, the Brook Hill Lady Guard defeated the Veritas Lady Defenders 1-0 in the TAPPS Division III state championship game on March 7 at Awty International School in Houston.
The Lady Guard won their second consecutive state championship, finishing the season with a perfect 19-0 record. They wrapped up the season with 17 consecutive shutouts and only gave up two goals the entire season.
Going into this year’s playoffs, the Lady Guard were the odds-on favorite to win it all. As defending state champions, the team faced little adversity throughout the season, as they never trailed in any of their games.
“It was an incredible season and a fitting ending to the career of my senior class,” Lady Guard coach David Collins said.
Coach David Collins celebrates after the Brook Hill Lady Guard defeated the Veritas Lady Defenders 1-0 in the TAPPS Division III soccer state championship game on March 7 at Awty International School in Houston. For the seniors, the journey began four years ago when the program first came into existence. The program continued to improve each season and last year the team stunned the Covenant Lady Cougars 3-0 to win their first state championship.
The road to this year’s championship game had the two teams facing off in the state semi-final game. The Lady Guard sailed past the Lady Cougars 2-0 on March 6 at Awty International School in Houston. Katherine Stair and Janet Nwachukwu each netted a goal and Hayden Langemeier made three saves for the shutout.
In this year’s state final, the Lady Guard faced a Lady Defenders team who topped Cypress Christian 4-3 in the semi-final game to improve to 22-0 on the season.
The Lady Guard and Lady Defenders played a tight defensive game leading to a 0-0 score at halftime. The closest first half scoring opportunity came with 15 minutes remaining when the Lady Guard’s senior midfielder Kennedy Rose rocketed a shot that just missed the net, bouncing off the crossbar.
The lone goal of the game came with 12 minutes remaining in the second half. Senior defender Elise Hawkins won a ball at midfield and dribbled all the way uncontested into the box and ripped a shot past the goaltender. Hawkins’ goal not only proved to be the game-winner, but it was also her first goal of the season.
The Lady Defenders had a close call in the second half when a crossing pass deflected off a Lady Guard defender and hit the crossbar. The Lady Guard defense and goaltender kept the Lady Defenders’ Summerlyn Heller in check throughout the game. Summerlyn scored two goals in the Lady Defenders’ semifinal win and scored 46 goals this season.
The Lady Guard’s senior goaltender Hayden Langemeier made three saves in the win and recorded her 17th shutout of the season.
Collins credits this year’s success to the players’ commitment to the team and the quality leadership of his senior class. The team will lose seven seniors after this season, but six juniors will move into the leadership role for next season.
“I am so proud of these girls for the job they did and the way they prepared and played all year,” he said. “It was an honor and privilege to get to coach this team.”
TAPPS Division III
Brook Hill 1, Veritas (Austin) 0
Brook Hill Wins TAPPS Div III State Championship
HOUSTON — To state champs from scratch in two years.Bullard Brook Hill completed a remarkable rise to the top of TAPPS Division III Saturday, winning a state championship in the program’s second full year after defeating Colleyville Covenant Christian 3-0 at Houston Awty International High School.“It’s a testament to the girls,” Lady Guard coach David Collins said. “The girls have bought in to what we’re doing. They worked hard every day to get better.“Their effort was tremendous. I’m so proud of them.”All year Brook Hill (14-5) had the luxury of receiving scoring from multiple sources and Saturday was no different. Three different players scored, with Morgan Moss, Katherine Stair and Kendall Wells doing the honors.The Lady Guard defense also stepped up, shutting out a district rival that had beaten them 3-0 and 2-0 earlier in the year.“Our defense was outstanding today,” Collins said. “Ari (Assad) and Lily Cool and Maria Moore and Kirby Vinson did an outstanding job in the back.“We just put it all together.”Goalkeeper Hayden Langemeier made eight saves to earn the shutout, her 10th of the year and third of the postseason.Langemeier made a big save in the first half and the Lady Cougars (17-6-2) struck the post in the second half, but the Brook Hill defense kept Covenant Christian to pot shots from the outside for most of the game, Collins said.The Lady Guard scored midway through the first half when Kennedy Rose played in Moss, who beat the keeper one on one.Stair made it 2-0 five minutes later, taking a wide pass from Wells, cutting inside and launching a shot into the corner, a goal Collins described as “beautiful.”Wells put the game out of reach seven minutes into the second half after she played a give-and-go with Hayley Dumesnil and drilled the shot past the Lady Cougars keeper from the top of the box.“That was kind of the dagger,” Collins said. “Once we got up three we took control of the game and there was no doubt.”After losing twice to Covenant Christian in the regular season, Collins changed up the game plan Saturday, using high pressure to disrupt the Lady Cougars.“I think the big key to this game was as a team we defended so much better than we did the first two games,” he said. “We never gave them time. We forced them to turn it over a lot because of our pressure and the intensity of our play.”Collins said the team was confident going into the game because of the game plan, adding that the Lady Guard went out and executed, playing their best game of the year.“It really was an incredible effort,” Collins said. “From the first whistle we came out and took it to them. Our girls had a very dominating win today.“I’m so proud of them and real pleased obviously with the way the season ended.”
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Becky Knight is the Assistant to Athletics at Brook Hill, Assistant Girls Soccer coach, and the Assistant Varsity Girls Track coach. Becky graduated from Auburn University in 2011 with her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. This will be Becky’s fourth year at Brook Hill and her 3rd season with the Lady Guard Soccer and Track teams. […]
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David Collins serves as the Head Varsity Soccer coach, assistant Football Coach, and Science Teacher at The Brook Hill School. Coach Collins received his Bachelor’s degree from East Texas Baptist University and his Master’s in Education from UT Tyler. Coach Collins began his coaching career at East Texas Baptist University where he served as the […]
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