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MCA School News written by the Newspaper Class.

The Mane Edition

Varsity Women’s Soccer Take Home the State Championship and Make MCA History

The Upper School Women’s Soccer Team Wins the State Championship Against Geneva Christian.
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Photo by: Jace Scott
Varsity women’s soccer celebrates after scoring in the state championship game.

On Tuesday, March 5, the McKinney Christian Academy varsity women’s soccer team traveled three hours to play the state tournament at Round Rock. Their first game here was against Brookhill in the state semifinals. At the end of the first half, the Mustangs were up 2-0. These 2 goals were by senior Ava Thompson and junior Casey Gerardis. Sophomore Sadie Zbranek put one more in the net. The final score of this game was 3-0 with the Mustangs taking the win and moving on to the state finals. Sophomore captain Lizzie Gutschlag was asked about her thoughts on the game saying, “Our team played a really great game, and we connected our passes really well. Every girl played their hearts out which led us to an important win.”

On Wednesday, March 6, the MCA women’s varsity soccer team played Geneva Christian in the TAPPS 4A Division Three State Championship. Senior Ava Thompson started the game off strong for the mustangs and scored the first goal. At halftime, the varsity girls were getting talked up by their head coach Wendy McDowell with encouragement and wisdom. Going into the second half, Thompson was ready to play and scored 2 more goals leading to a final Mustang victory. Thompson finished her high school career with a hat trick that ultimately pushed the Mustangs to win the state finals. “I am so proud of each and every one of these girls. Everyone contributed throughout our season that led us to this championship title. Winning district, to winning a state championship, and finally to make MCA history makes my team and I so incredibly happy and proud. I will definitely be sad when I graduate but I wouldn’t change a thing about our season,” said Thompson. Geneva did score one goal, but it was not enough to comeback as the Mustangs took home the victory. After the final whistle, all the girls celebrated and sprinted into each other’s arms as they screamed with excitement. McDowell was asked about her thoughts concerning both the semi and final game saying, “I am so incredibly proud of these girls, this team, their commitment to their teammates, and their dedication throughout the entire season. We went up against teams both in the semis and the final match that had rosters twice the size of ours. This team played with everything they had although there was injury and adversity. It is important for our team to remember to always trust that God has a plan, purpose, and that we each have a part in his plan.” This state championship win was the first ever in MCA women’s soccer history.

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  • Sophomore Tatum Barnard and M.E. Brasher hug after the win.

    Photo by: Jace Scott
  • Girls smile big for a photo.

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  • Sophomore girls get together for a picture.

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  • Senior, Ava Thompson and Sophomore Tatum Barnard celebrate after Thompson scores.

    Photo by: Jace Scott
  • Girls stopping for a photo as they bite their gold medals.

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  • Girls smile for a photo.

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  • Sophomore, Sadie Zbranek cheers after the win.

    Photo by: Jace Scott
  • Senior, Ella Wedemeyer and Sophomore M.E. Brasher hug after the game.

    Photo by: Jace Scott
  • Heach coach Wendy McDowell and Senior Ava Thompson smile for a photo.

    Photo by: Jace Scott
  • Junior girls, Kadence Ackmann and Casey Gerardi’s smile holding medals.

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  • Junior, Kadence Ackmann, proudly hold up championship banner.

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  • Girls smile for a photo.

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  • Junior Girls smile for a photo.

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  • Girls’ varsity soccer come together for a final “W” photo.

    Photo by: Jace Scott
  • Senior Ava Thompson holds the state championship plaque.

    Photo by: Jace Scott
  • Junior girls Casey Gerardis and Havilah Mahadi proudly hold their medals.

    Photo by: Jace Scott
  • Sophomore Lizzie Gutschlag and freshman Aubrey Hagstrom hug each other after the win.

    Photo by: Jace Scott
  • Sophomore, Hannah Dosier holds trophy.

    Photo by: Jace Scott
  • Girls smile while holding championship banner.

    Photo by: Jace Scott
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Tatum Barnard
Tatum Barnard, staff writer
Tatum Barnard has been attending MCA since kindergarten and is now a sophomore. This will be her second year on the newspaper staff. Barnard will be playing soccer for her school in the winter. In her freetime, she enjoys being with her friends, family, and playing competitive soccer. Her favorite part of MCA is the Christian community she is surrounded by everyday. Barnard's favorite verse is Ephesians 2:3-5.  "But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions- it is by grace you have been saved."