DS girls take 5A soccer state championship

Dripping Springs girls soccer players and coaches indicate they are number one after winning the class 5A State Championship with a 2-1 victory over Frisco Wakeland. (photo by Wayland Clark)


Dripping Springs secured the the school’s first girls soccer State Championship with a 2-1 win over Frisco Wakeland in the UIL Class 5A Final on Friday afternoon at Birkelbach Field in Georgetown. 

Wakeland’s McKenna Jenkins scored from 10 yards out to take a 1-0 lead with 8:51 in the first period. Dripping Springs sophomore Riley Sisson tied the game 1-1 with an off balance 20 yard shot to the net with just under two minutes remaining in the first period. 
“We’re a team and every single person worked toward that goal,” Sisson said after the win. “I’m just the one who put it in the back of net.”

Freshman Taylor Hodsden scored what would be the winning goal with an assist by senior Sofia Picucci. Just under seven minutes into the second period, Hodsden drew the Wakeland goalkeeper out of position and beat the keeper with a low shot that cleared the post for a 2-1 lead. 

Since its first goal in the game, Dripping Springs goalkeeper Caroline Dill, a sophomore and the game’s Most Valuable Player, kept Wakeland (20-3-3) scoreless a total of 71 minutes and forty-nine seconds, and was credited with 5 saves. 
“She constantly is watching film and lives and breathes soccer,” Coach Perrine said after the game. “She is amazing,”

Dripping Springs finishes the season as the Class 5A State Champion with a record of 26-1-1 and outscored all its opponents 104-8. Sisson said one more thing before concluding her interview, “We’ll be back next year.”

Dripping Springs girls now have won four state championships – in Class 3A 1994 volleyball and basketball, in Class 5A 2015 volleyball and 2021 soccer.

Dripping Springs goalkeeper Caroline Dill, who had 5 saves, received the Most Valuable Player award from the UIL’s Joseph Garmon after the Tigers 2-1 win over Frisco Wakeland. (photo by Wayland Clark)



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