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Lady Bulldogs pull away in the second half, now one win away from UIL State

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After going down 1-0 just fifteen minutes into the 1-4A regional semifinal, Wylie girls soccer didn't panic.

"I feel like it lit the fire that much more," said senior Gracie McCaslin. "It was embers hanging there, and then after that goal we were like 'oh, crap, we've got to go'. It made us play better and made us play harder throughout the game."

It certainly did, with the Lady Bulldogs scoring three straight goals in 8 minutes to take a 3-1 lead into the locker room at halftime, before Wylie's all-time leading goal scorer Randie Dennison put the icing on the cake -- with four total goals as the Lady Bulldogs beat Fort Worth Castleberry, 5-2 on Friday.

"It's amazing that we got it done," Dennison said after the win.

Wylie's victory lifts them back to the regional final for the first time since they lost in that game in 2016. The Lady Bulldogs will face Midlothian Heritage which beat last year's 4A state champ Stephenville in the first regional semifinal.

But for Wylie, time to enjoy this one, as their march toward a first-ever trip to state comes oh-so close.

"It's incredible," smiled McCaslin. "It was a great finish for us. I thought we played hard the entire time, and even though the game started rough."

Wylie and Midlothian Heritage will square off in the 1-4A final Saturday at the Birdville ISD Athletic and Fine Arts Complex beginning at 11 a.m. The winner, moves on to the state tournament.

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