By MIKE IBANEZ
The Lewisville High School boys soccer team has done something a generation of soccer alumni haven’t done in our town for 20 years — represent LHS in the UIL playoffs.
The team’s goal of eight district wins was accomplished in a 1-0 win over Hurst LD Bell on Tuesday, March 7. More importantly, that eighth win was the one that clinched the Farmers first postseason berth in two decades, just like their number-crunching coach Brandon McCallum predicted it could before the season.
“It was nice for it to all work out that way,” said McCallum, who chose to create the measureable goal of eight District 5-6A wins over the generic “make the playoffs” quest before the season even began. “The guys knew that each game they won, they were getting close to what we all wanted.”
Despite coming into the game in last place with no wins, Bell proved to be a formidable foe against the Farmers. The game was scoreless until Jason Granados scored the only goal 60 minutes in.
“If you watched the game and didn’t see the goal, you’d have no idea who won that game,” McCallum said. “Bell wanted to defend and counter. They limited our chances and we were frustrated for a good part of the night. The weight of clinching got to us a bit.”
McCallum went on to say that past experiences at LHS led to a muted celebration by his team.
“It was a little anti-climactic because we were clinching a playoff spot on the field of a team that hadn’t won a game all season,” he said. “Our guys know what that’s like so there was some respect shown there.”
With playoff qualification in the bag, LHS has two games left in its regular season and can finish anywhere from a first-place tie to fourth. A higher seed would avoid a potential bi-district clash with McKinney Boyd, which has clinched 6-6A with an undefeated record.
The Farmers celebrated senior night Friday against district leader Hebron. Results weren’t available at press time. They conclude the regular season at Flower Mound on Monday, March 20. Their bi-district match will take place between March 23 and 25.