When the Lady Dragons clinched their trip to the UIL State Tournament, they knew it would take an extraordinary effort to come home with the state title. That’s exactly what the Lady Dragons had through the weekend’s games. Thanks to the suffocating defense and high-powered offense the Lady Dragons played with all weekend, they came home with the second state title in program history.
The weekend started with a matchup with Austin Lake Travis, who the Lady Dragons had played earlier in the season during tournament play. The Dragons faced off against a tough defense and a heavy wind in the weekend’s opener. After seven corner kick attempts for the Dragons, Madi Drenowatz finally connected with Kendall Gilpin’s kick to head the ball into the back of the net and give the Lady Dragons an early 1-0 lead over the Cavaliers.
Senior Sydni Nobles netted the Lady Dragons’ second goal of the day into the top left corner of the goal after putting a move on her defender. Madi Martin stopped attempts of Lake Travis to climb back into the game for her 16th shutout of the season and the Lady Dragons punched their ticket to Saturday’s final with the 2-0 victory over Lake Travis.
Saturday’s match would put the Lady Dragons up against the Katy Tompkin Falcons, who were up until this game, undefeated and the number one ranked team in the country.
It only took eight minutes for the Dragons to get on the board and set the expectations for the remainder of the match. On a Gilpin pass, Senior Taylor Tufts put it in the back of the net to start the onslaught of scoring that would take place throughout the first half. Nobles added another goal for herself in the final as well.
The final match, though, belonged to Senior Madi Drenowatz, who had to stand on the sideline with a tough leg injury last season as the Lady Dragons were eliminated from the playoffs. Drenowatz put on a clinic in her final high school soccer game as she put three goals in the net and earned the Tournament MVP honors in the postgame ceremony. Drenowatz finished the season with a team-high 34 goals and a 15 game scoring streak.
Drenowatz, Gilpin, Tufts, and Martin were all named to the 6A State All-Tournament Team.
Carroll ISD Executive Director of Athletics Steve Keasler thinks this team needs to be remembered for more than just the trophy they hoisted on Saturday.
“What a remarkable year! This group of ladies will go down as one of the most dominating girls’ soccer teams in UIL history,” Keasler said. “It was an honor to experience the teamwork, caring, toughness, and excitement of these ladies throughout this impressive playoff run. I am extremely proud of Coach Colvin and his coaches for the preparation and dedication they show to these players and this program. Thank you to the stakeholders for trusting the process and believing it could be done.”