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Vandegrift Girls on Historical Run

Updated: Friday, April 18 2014, 09:25 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

December 18, 2014 08:09 GMT

NBA

Wednesday's Games

Phoenix 111, Charlotte 106

Atlanta 127, Cleveland 98

Utah 105, Miami 87

Dallas 117, Detroit 106

Boston 109, Orlando 92

Toronto 105, Brooklyn 89

Memphis 117, San Antonio 116,3OT

Portland 104, Milwaukee 97

L.A. Clippers 102, Indiana 100

Houston 115, Denver 111, OT

Thursday's Games

New York at Chicago, 8 p.m.

New Orleans at Houston, 8:30 p.m.

Milwaukee at Sacramento, 10 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Wednesday's Games

Ottawa 2, New Jersey 0

Boston 3, Minnesota 2, OT

Dallas 2, Vancouver 0

Thursday's Games

Florida at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Colorado at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Carolina, 7 p.m.

Washington at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Anaheim at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

St. Louis at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

Edmonton at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

NFL

Thursday, Dec. 18

Tennessee at Jacksonville, 8:25 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Philadelphia at Washington, 4:30 p.m.

San Diego at San Francisco, 8:25 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 21

Baltimore at Houston, 1 p.m.

Detroit at Chicago, 1 p.m.

Atlanta at New Orleans, 1 p.m.

Minnesota at Miami, 1 p.m.

Cleveland at Carolina, 1 p.m.

Green Bay at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

Kansas City at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

New England at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.

N.Y. Giants at St. Louis, 4:05 p.m.

Buffalo at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.

Indianapolis at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.

Seattle at Arizona, 8:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 22

Denver at Cincinnati, 8:30 p.m.

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