McKinney may have stunned Guyer with a quick goal inside the first six minutes of Tuesday’s game, but it wasn’t nearly enough to finish the job.
The Lady Wildcats, who have yet to lose a match this season under the direction of new head coach and former North Texas standout Mandy Hall, scored three goals — two in the second half — while cruising to a 3-1 District 6-6A win.
Ashley Carter, Amber Lyons and Sami Gomez scored for Guyer (8-0-1, 2-0-1 district), which held McKinney (4-4, 1-2) to one shot in the second half. Allie Lyons finished with two assists.
“It was great. The offense played perfect and all three forwards scored,” Hall said. “We have the talent and depth to be productive.”
The Lady Wildcats were backed into a corner early when McKinney freshman Hannah Cobb slipped in behind the defense and rifled a shot to the back of the net with 34:20 left in the opening half. It was one of just a few bright spots offensively for McKinney, yet the Lady Lions clung to that lead for the majority of the half despite being under constant pressure defensively.
Guyer finally knotted the score with 4:38 left in the frame when Allie Lyons flicked a perfect through ball up the middle of the field to Carter, who finished off the ensuing one-on-one with the goalie.
That’s when the shots really started to fall for Guyer. Amber Lyons laced a rocket while in traffic from around the 10-yard line to give Guyer a 2-1 lead with just more than 25 minutes left in regulation. With 12:19 left, Gomez added an insurance goal from about the same distance.
“Once that first shot went in, we settled down and played our style,” Hall said. “We talk all the time about not starting slow. Tonight we did [start slow], but it was great to see the girls fight back.”
Guyer won just one district game last year and is in the middle of one of the Denton area’s more notable turnarounds.
“I’m hoping we can run with this [unbeaten record] as long as we can,” Hall said. “The girls are getting better and better; hopefully that allows them to let the past be the past and gain some confidence along the way.”