The Southlake Carroll girls soccer team showed why it’s ranked No. 1 in the nation by going 4-0 and outscoring the opposition 16-0 at the season-opening National Elite Prep Showcase this weekend.
Carroll beat three teams ranked in the top 50 in TopDrawerSoccer.com’s winter national rankings. Carroll won 2-0 over No. 20 Montverde Academy from Florida and posted 4-0 wins against both No. 34 Bishop Lynch and No. 49 Santa Margarita (Calif.). Texas A&M pledge Alexandria Griffin scored seven goals in Carroll’s four matches, and fellow Texas A&M pledge Grace Cory scored three goals.
Flower Mound Marcus, ranked 26th in the national also went 4-0 and outscored its opponents 15-0. Baylor pledge Maddie Algya and Alabama pledge Riley Mattingly scored goals as Marcus won 2-0 against defending Class 6A state champion Coppell, the nation’s second-ranked team. It was the first loss for Coppell since its regional semifinal playoff game against Southlake Carroll in 2014. Baylor pledge Taylor Moon scored two goals in Marcus’ 3-0 victory over No. 49 Santa Margarita (Calif.).
No. 7 Trophy Club Byron Nelson was 4-0 and allowed only one goal in the tournament, and Flower Mound went 3-0. Arkansas pledge Ansley Bunger scored five goals for Byron Nelson, and Maddie Turlington scored three goals.
Texas Tech pledge Jordie Harr, the two-time Gatorade Texas Player of the Year, scored six goals as No. 6 Sachse went 3-0-1 in the tournament. Harr scored twice in a 5-4 win over 2014 state champion Hebron. Texas pledge Cyera Hintzen scored both goals for Sachse in its 2-1 victory against 2015 6A Region I semifinalist Arlington Martin.
No. 17 McKinney Boyd and Midlothian also were 3-0-1. Boyd beat No. 13 Ursuline 2-0 and won 1-0 against 5A state semifinalist Grapevine. Midlothian also won 1-0 over Grapevine.