Ridge Point Boys Soccer

The Ridge Point boys soccer team celebrates on March 2 after clinching a district championship. (Photo from Twitter)

The Ridge Point High School soccer teams nearly went undefeated in the regular season and now hope to stay perfect throughout the UIL playoffs, which kick off this weekend.

The Panthers and Lady Panthers – who are fourth in the nation in the latest USA Today/United Soccer Coaches rankings for girls teams that compete in the winter – have gone a combined 42-1 this season while winning all 28 of their matches in District 20-6A.

For the boys team, senior Luis Cuenemo ranked second in Class 6A with 33 goals during the regular season, according to MaxPreps, and the Panthers (22-0, 14-0 district) pitched 15 shutouts defensively. Ridge Point will kick off postseason play by hosting a bi-district match against Katy Tompkins, the fourth-place finisher in District 19-6A, at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

They Lady Panthers (20-1, 14-0) won their sixth district title in the last seven seasons with the perfect league mark. Ridge Point will play Katy Cinco Ranch at 7 p.m. Thursday at Hall Stadium.

Several other area teams also will be looking to build on strong regular seasons and potentially bring home a state title.

Boys

Austin, Dulles and George Ranch are the other 20-6A boys teams that qualified for the playoffs.

Dulles will host the Katy Taylor Mustangs to open the playoffs at 7:30 p.m. Friday

Austin, which beat Dulles on penalty kicks during their last head-to-head matchup, is in the playoffs for the second consecutive season and the third time in the last five years. They will face Katy Cinco Ranch in a bi-district game at 7 p.m. Friday.

In Class 4A, the Stafford Spartans finished the regular season with a 3-2 win over Columbia to secure the third playoff spot in District 23-4A with a 7-5-2 district record. Danilo Moreno, Oscar Hernandez and Eyinya Idiku each found the back of the net for Stafford, which will begin the 4A playoffs on Thursday against Houston Scarborough at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Houston ISD's Delmar Stadium.

Girls

Elkins’ Lady Knights (14-6-2) placed fourth in 20-6A at 8-5-1 to reach the playoffs for the sixth time in the last seven seasons. Addy Pitts led the Lady Knights with 27 goals in the regular season. They will travel to Katy ISD's Legacy Stadium to play District 19-6A champion Seven Lakes at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Also returning to the postseason are the Clements Lady Rangers, who placed second in 20-6A and host Katy for a playoff opener at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Kempner’s Lady Cougars will be the lone Class 5A playoff participant among area schools, and finished off a strong regular season with a 12-0 win over Willowridge on March 16. The Lady Cougars (16-6-1, 14-2) kick off their first postseason run since 2017 with a bi-district match against Houston Sharpstown at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Butler Stadium.

District 20-6A Girls

Ridge Point vs. Cinco Ranch (TBD)

Clements vs. Katy

Friday, March 26, 2021 @ 7:30PM

Clements High School Stadium

Elkins vs. Seven Lakes (TBD)

District 20-6A Boys

Ridge Point vs. Tompkins

Friday, March 26, 2021 @ 7:30pm

Ridge Point High School

Dulles vs. Katy Taylor

Friday, March 26, 2021 @ 7:30pm

Dulles High School

Austin vs. Cinco Ranch (TBD)

District 24-5A Girls

Kempner vs. Sharpstown

Friday, March 26, 2021 @ 5:30pm

Butler Stadium

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