Not even an hour delay could derail the focus and the enthusiasm of the McKinney boys soccer team ahead of Friday's bi-district playoff matchup with Garland Naaman Forest.
The Lions' quick-strike offense got the scoring started by getting a goal by star senior forward Micah Ardila in the second minute of the game to give McKinney a lead they would never relinquish. Lions junior Ryan Watson, who assisted on Ardila’s goal, would strike again in the 64th minute when he found Jake Myers, who got a shot on goal that the Naaman goalie blocked but Myers followed up on the rebound to find the net to give the Lions a 2-0 lead.
McKinney would hold on for a 2-1 playoff victory over Naaman Forest to advance to the area round of the playoffs for the second consecutive season. With the win, McKinney boys soccer becomes the first program in any sport to win a home playoff game at the newly minted McKinney ISD Stadium.
McKinney will return to the pitch Tuesday night where they’ll be looking to return to the regional quarterfinal round for second consecutive season when they travel to Midlothian to take on Belton at Midlothian ISD Stadium at 7:30 p.m.