Lady Bulldogs embracing challenge of making first state tournament appearance

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With two wins this weekend, Wylie girls soccer could do what no team before them has done.

But to make it to its first UIL state tournament, they'll have to continue to find ways to win -- something they've done all year. It all starts Friday afternoon with its 1-4A semifinal match against Castleberry.

"We're ready for the challenge but then on the other side of the bracket, you have the returning 4A state champion and you have Midlothian Heritage," said head coach Manuel Cordova. "So when we get to Saturday, we'll have our hands full again so a fun, challenging weekend is what we're looking for."

Wylie has battled adversity all year, from injuries to playing from behind -- but their identity has been about grit and determination. That showed last Friday in its regional quarterfinal win over rival Brownwood, with its lone goal coming off the leg of Randie Dennison with just three and a half minutes left to play.

Now, they can feel it. A shot at becoming history-makers for the Lady Bulldog program is within its grasp. It's now up to them, to take it.

"Nothing is guaranteed in the years to come, but just to seize this moment and size the opportunity -- and to go to state, it would be crazy," said senior Gracie McCaslin.

That mood began Thursday afternoon at Wylie High School, where a celebration send-off rally kicked off the weekend's festivities with students, parents, and staff all showing their behind their girls all the way.

Wylie and Castleberry kick-off from Birdville ISD Athletic and Fine Arts complex at 1 p.m. Friday afternoon with the winner facing either Midlothian Heritage or Stephenville on Saturday at 11 a.m. for a shot at UIL State in Georgetown.

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