This season has only reinforced Frisco ISD’s reputation as a soccer hotbed.
Thus far, the best way to eliminate a FISD team from the playoffs has been when they have to face off with one another, and that was the case on Friday, with a pair of head-to-head match-ups.
On the boys side, Frisco and Centennial locked horns for the third time this season when they met on Friday at the Ford Center.
The team split the regular season series, with the Titans winning the last meeting, but it was the Raccoons that took the rubber match with a 2-0 victory.
Frisco struck first in the 17th minute when Ricky Casso scored off an assist from Danny Agui to take a 1-0 lead.
It stayed that way until the second half, when Diego Pepi set up Jeffrey Lara Garcia for a goal in the 63rd minute to make it 2-0 and the defense took it from there to complete the shutout win.
The Raccoons (14-4-4) continue their deepest playoff runs since 2007 when they meet Longview in the Class 5A Region 2 semifinal at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Frasier Middle School in Mesquite.
The Lobos punched their ticket with a solid 3-1 win over Sulphur Springs on Friday.
On the other side of the bracket, Wakeland (20-1-1) continued its march toward a fifth consecutive state championship game appearance with a hard-fought 3-2 shootout win over Carrollton R.L. Turner in a regional quarterfinal match at McKinney Boyd.
The Wolverines twice trailed during regulation. Brennan Bezdek assisted on a goal by Jak Keith to tie it at 1-1.
After R.L. Turner had edged back in front, Bezdek netted the equalizer to tie it at 2-2 and it stayed that way through the end of regulation and two overtimes.
It came down to penalties, with Wakeland keeper Connor Pettigrew converting the game-winner to send the Wolverines on the fourth round.
Wakeland will face Nacogdoches, a 2-1 winner over Lufkin, in the regional semifinals at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Athens.
FISD will also be represented by a pair of girls teams in the fourth round.
Wakeland and Reedy battled through a pair of tight matches during the 9-5A season and the third installment followed that same storyline.
But the Wolverines got their chance late and they made the most of it, as Ally Perry converted a penalty kick with five minutes left and that proved to be the difference in a 1-0 victory on Friday at Frisco Memorial Stadium.
Wakeland (16-2-3) advances to the regional semifinals where it takes on Forney (21-6-1) at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Standridge Stadium.
Memorial’s historic run continued with a thorough 4-0 victory over Carrollton R.L. Turner on Friday at McKinney.
The Warriors (16-2-3), who had never before made the playoffs before this season, will now test themselves against one of the state’s elite programs when they face undefeated Highland Park (20-0-0) at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Coppell.