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Vandegrift Girls on Historical Run

Updated: Friday, April 18 2014, 08:25 PM CDT

The Vandegrift High girls soccer team is going from a familiar situation to uncharted waters. Last weekend the Lady Vipers faced district rival Rouse in the regional final. It was the third time the two teams had met this season. With a victory, Vandegrift punched a ticket to the state tournament - a place the program's never been.

"They're excited and they're hungry," said Vandegrift head coach Jenifer Hardy. "They want to be that first Austin school to take a state title."

"I'm really looking forward to Vandegrift starting a dynasty in the soccer world," added senior forward Savannah Cavanaugh. "We've always been part of a great team with great athletes."

The Lady Vipers are making their maiden voyage to the final four thanks to some incredible defense. Entering the state tournament VHS has only allowed two goals in its past 12 games, and just one of those has come in playoffs.

The Vandegrift goalkeeper, Mariah Lechner, joined the team right before the season started - after moving from Idaho to Austin and not expecting to be on the squad.

I didn't even know I could try out," admitted Lechner. "My counselors said I couldn't because I didn't have room in my schedule for it. I introduced myself to Coach Hardy as the trainer and she heard that I was good, so she put me on the team."

"We didn't even know she existed," recalled Hardy. "We stole her from the trainers. She has definitely hit her stride for sure. She has been a strong component to our success."

The Lady Vipers face Nelson High in Friday's 4A state semi-final. With a victory, VHS will advance to Saturday's state championship game.

Vandegrift Girls on Historical Run


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Scores & Schedules

July 29, 2015 07:08 GMT

AM Prep-Scores and Skeds

INTERLEAGUE

Baltimore 7 Atlanta 3

Philadelphia 3 Toronto 2

Pittsburgh 8 Minnesota 7

Arizona 8 Seattle 4

Oakland 2 L.A. Dodgers 0

Wednesday's Games(equals)

Pittsburgh (Liriano 6-6) at Minnesota (E.Santana 2-0), 1:10 p.m.

Atlanta (Foltynewicz 3-2) at Baltimore (Tillman 7-7), 7:05 p.m.

Philadelphia (J.Williams 3-7) at Toronto (Dickey 4-10), 7:07 p.m.

AMERICAN LEAGUE(equals)

Tuesday's Games(equals)

Chicago White Sox 9, Boston 4

Tampa Bay 10, Detroit 2

Kansas City 2, Cleveland 1

N.Y. Yankees 21, Texas 5

Houston 10, L.A. Angels 5

Arizona 8, Seattle 4

Oakland 2, L.A. Dodgers 0

Wednesday's Games(equals)

Detroit (Verlander 0-3) at Tampa Bay (Archer 9-7), 12:10 p.m.

Kansas City (Guthrie 7-6) at Cleveland (Kluber 5-11), 12:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox (Quintana 5-9) at Boston (Porcello 5-10), 7:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Tanaka 7-3) at Texas (Lewis 10-4), 8:05 p.m.

L.A. Angels (Richards 10-7) at Houston (McCullers 4-3), 8:10 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE(equals)

Tuesday's Games(equals)

N.Y. Mets 4, San Diego 0

Miami 4, Washington 1

Colorado 7, Chicago Cubs 2

Cincinnati 4, St. Louis 0

Milwaukee 5, San Francisco 2

Wednesday's Games(equals)

Colorado (E.Butler 3-6) at Chicago Cubs (Lester 5-8), 2:20 p.m.

Arizona (Corbin 1-3) at Seattle (F.Hernandez 12-5), 3:40 p.m.

Milwaukee (Fiers 5-8) at San Francisco (Peavy 2-4), 3:45 p.m.

Atlanta (Foltynewicz 3-2) at Baltimore (Tillman 7-7), 7:05 p.m.

San Diego (T.Ross 6-8) at N.Y. Mets (B.Colon 9-9), 7:10 p.m.

Washington (Fister 3-6) at Miami (Koehler 8-6), 7:10 p.m.

Cincinnati (DeSclafani 5-7) at St. Louis (Lackey 9-5), 8:15 p.m.

Oakland (Chavez 5-10) at L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw 8-6), 10:10 p.m.

WNBA

Tuesday's Games(equals)

Indiana 75, Connecticut 73, OT

Phoenix 89, Chicago 87, OT

Wednesday's Games(equals)

Seattle at Washington, 11:30 a.m.

New York at Indiana, 7 p.m.

Atlanta at San Antonio, 8 p.m.

Los Angeles at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

MLS

Wednesday, July 29(equals)

Tottenham Hotspur at MLS All-Stars, 9 p.m.

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