Girls’ Soccer Advances to Second Round of Playoffs


Photo by Caroline Schlieker

Senior Camerin Chinchilla dribbles the ball against Mansfield High School on Feb. 17.

Jonah Pedroza, Sports Editor

After a third place finish in district, the Legacy girls’ soccer team began their playoff run on March 23. Coach Jon Koehn led the team to a 4-0 victory over Weiss High School, advancing them to the area round against Wylie East. This year marks Coach Koehn’s first year on staff at Legacy.

“We have a great chance of getting to the state championship,” Coach Koehn said. “There’s always uncertainty coming in as the new guy, not knowing what to expect out of your athletes, but the girls bought in and we learned and adopted together through the ups and downs of the season.”

The team finished the season with an 11-10-2 record, only losing two games in district play. Going into the area game, Wylie East remains undefeated.

“Stats don’t lie, but stats can tell their own story too,” Coach Koehn said. “They are a great team, no doubt, they’ve gotten this far, but that’s why we play the game. It gives us a great opportunity to give them their first loss of the season.”

This year, the team began weekly team bonding activities, such as team dinners, to improve chemistry. Junior Mackinly Gerhard plays defender for the team as a first year varsity player.

“We do team bonding every Thursday,” Gerhard said. “Ever since we’ve been doing that, I feel like we’ve gotten closer as a team. Someone will host dinner and then we all just hang out, play games and eat.”

Off-field chemistry the team built has translated to the field as well, helping propel them to the success they have seen. The area game will take place March 28 at Coppell High School.

“Chemistry has been great, we really came together during district play,” Coach Koehn said. “We didn’t have the best non-district schedule, but the girls didn’t lose sight of what the ultimate goal was and they stayed together. They started seeing the results we wanted because of that.”