When the soccer season begins, the goal for high school teams across Texas is to qualify for the UIL State Tournament, which is this week in Georgetown. For any high school to get a team to the tourney is a huge achievement.
This year, Wakeland has its boys and girls teams headed to the state tournament. What’s even more impressive is that the Wolverines are sending both their teams to state for the third time in the last four tournaments.
Wakeland did it in 2018, a year when the Wolverines swept the boys and girls 5A championships. They also did it last year, when the Wakeland boys won the state title and the girls were a finalist. The Wakeland boys advanced to state in 2019 and were the runner-up and the 2020 tournament was canceled because of the effects of COVID-19.
Showing just how good soccer is in Frisco ISD, neither the Wakeland boys or girls were District 9-5A champions this year. The District girls champion was Frisco, which lost in the Region II semifinal to Highland Park in a penalty-kick shootout, and the District boys champion was Lone Star, which Wakeland defeated in a penalty-kick shootout in the regional final.
The Wakeland girls are making their fourth overall appearance in the state tournament. They won titles in 2011 and 2018. The Wakeland boys are continuing an incredible run that will now include a sixth straight appearance in the state tournament. They will be trying to advance to a sixth straight state final and attempting to win a fifth state championship. The Wakeland boys won state titles in 2010, 2017, 2018 and 2021.
Both Wakeland teams play in the state semifinals Thursday (April 14) at Georgetown ISD Athletic Complex. The Wakeland girls (21-1-4) play Magnolia (24-1-2) at 9:30 a.m. and the Wakeland boys (22-4-1) play Fort Worth Trimble Tech (23-3-3) at 7:30 p.m.
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