Repeat defenders

Soccer teams win district, enter playoffs


Christina Eckert

Sophomore Jordan Todd dribbles down the field in a scrimmage against Alamo Heights.

Emma Siebold, Managing Editor

Consecutive undefeated district champions, girls soccer will play Madison this Friday to kick off playoffs. Boys soccer, who are also the No. 1 playoff seed going into playoffs, will play Brandeis on Thursday.

Girls soccer finished the season with an overall record of 21-1, losing only to O’Connor in their first game of the season. The team is led by leading goalscorers and forwards Sabrina Taber and Jasmin Dominguez, as well as four-year varsity starters, Taylor Swenson and captain Melyna Martinez.

In the last decade, the girls have not made it past the third round in 6A. In 2012, they made it to the 4A regional quarterfinals, where they lost to Pflugerville Hendrickson 4-1. Last season, the girls faced a tough bidistrict loss in penalty kicks to Johnson.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how far we will go this year,” sophomore Jordan Todd said. “I have a good feeling about this team and think we will go in ready to give our all, especially after last year.”

The Rangers will face Madison, the 28-6A fourth seed, at Davenport at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

“Last year was definitely eye opening for a handful of us but I’m more confident that this year we will play our game, our way and overcome anything thrown at us,” junior defender Kaili Castillo said. “This group of girls hope for nothing more than to go as far as we can collectively, and all in for each other.”

Both head coaches for the girls and boys, Jason Adkins and Eric Nichols respectively, hit their 300 win milestone this season. Senior Brad Dildy also made history this season, scoring a record-breaking 42 goals. 

“This team has all the capabilities to make a very far run in playoffs and potentially make a run for state this year,” Dildy said. “We all know it will be a difficult journey, but there’s no other people I’d rather be going into playoffs with than this group.”

This will be Dildy’s first high school playoff experience after not playing high school soccer for his first three years. 

“I feel really good going into my first high school playoffs,” Dildy said. “The boys are buzzing and we know that it will be a challenge but are ready to embrace that and make some noise.”

The boys play Brandeis on Thursday, March 24 at 7 p.m. at Boerne Champion, and the girls play Madison on Friday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Davenport.