Since resuming full-time two seasons ago, the “Crosstown Showdown” soccer rivalry between the McKinney and Boyd girls soccer teams has been very competitive and intense.
Tuesday night’s showdown between the two wasn’t any different as Boyd pulled out a hard-fought 3-1 victory to win its fifth consecutive game over their crosstown rivals. More importantly, the win moves the Lady Broncos into sole possession of second place in the District 9-6A standings behind only Allen through the first round of district.
Despite the win, Boyd had to overcome a determined McKinney squad that gave the Lady Broncos all they wanted and expected.
“We went into halftime and had a talk about what we are trying to do and where we are trying to go and sometimes you have to get the team’s attention a little bit,” said Meagan Wilson, Boyd head coach. “Once we got their attention at halftime, we started playing like ourselves and believing in ourselves and playing the way we are capable of playing. The rivalry definitely plays a role into how things went because a crosstown rivalry like this definitely brings out the best in everybody.”
One person who definitely brought her best effort to the match was Boyd senior star midfielder Syndi Perry.
It didn’t take long for Perry to make her mark on the game, as the talented striker got Boyd on the board in the ninth minute of the match by shooting a straight-ahead blast into the direct center of the net off a solid assist from sophomore Olivia Witte.
Business picked up in the second half as Witte and Perry connected again in the 42nd minute on a beautiful goal to give Boyd a commanding 2-0 lead. It wouldn’t be a crosstown rivalry game without a quick response, as McKinney junior Estelle Flangan got the Lionettes on the board thanks to an assist from junior Alyssa Terry in the 43rd minute of the game to cut Boyd’s lead to 2-1.
In the 75th minute, with the game still in the balance, Perry put an exclamation point on her outstanding night by scoring her third goal of the game off an assist from fellow senior Micaella Swain. The goal not only clinched a big Boyd victory, but it puts Perry’s name in the history books as she becomes the first person in MISD Stadium history to record a hat trick on the pitch.
“It feels good to help my team win because we definitely didn’t start off as good as we should, but after a good halftime talk, we came out strong as we could because we knew we needed to get this win to move into second place in the standings,” Perry said. “I’m excited about the hat trick but more excited about the win because I’m all about my team.”
While Boyd celebrated another key district victory, McKinney could only think about “what if” as it finished the first round of district winless. Though not happy with the loss, the Lionettes have something to build upon heading into the second round of district thanks to their valiant effort.
“This year, we’re trying to be composed at all times, no matter the situation, and I though the girls had a great first half despite being down 1-0 because Boyd couldn’t move the ball downfield,” said Alex Pantarotto, McKinney head coach. “Second half we got tired, but the girls competed to the end. I think we’ll build up from this performance because Boyd has a really good team, but if we played the way we played in the first half every game we can turn into a good, consistent team.”