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Houston Memorial captures 6A Girls Soccer State Title

Houston Memorial becomes the first girls soccer team from Houston to win a state championship since 2010. Vype

GEORGETOWN –Grace Collins netted two goals, Grace Yochum netted a goal, Bella Killgore preserved a shutout and Houston Memorial defeated Lewisville Marcus 3-0 in the Class 6A Girls Soccer State Championship match on Saturday at Birkelbach Field.

"In the offseason we just pushed ourselves, during season we pushed ourselves," Collins said. "We just won the state title, so I'm pretty sure we deserve some respect now."

Houston Memorial (28-0-1) becomes the first girls soccer team from Houston to win a state championship since The Woodlands in 2010.

This marks the seventh girls soccer state title to come to Houston – Kingwood (1995, 1999), Friendswood (2001), Klein Oak (2003), Katy Taylor (2006), The Woodlands (2010) and Memorial (2018).

"We came out of nowhere," Yochum said. "To be the underdog and win it all it's the greatest feeling in the world. I can't thank my friends, my family, my coaches enough for where we are."

Memorial is the first Spring Branch ISD team to win a soccer state championship on the girls or boys side.

Memorial last season didn't make it out of the second round, falling to eventual state champion Pflugerville Hendrickson in penalty kicks.

From that experience and returning 10 of 11 starters, 10th-year Memorial coach Lindley Amarentos believes is what the team needed to go over the top in 2018.

"We knew if (Pflugerville Hendrickson) can do it we can do it," Amarantos said. "We played right along with them and that was just the mantra that pushed us in the offseason, preseason and brought us to this point. These girls are just hard workers and they don't take no."

GEORGETOWN –Grace Collins netted two goals, Grace Yochum netted a goal, Bella Killgore preserved a shutout and Houston Memorial defeated Lewisville Marcus 3-0 in the Class 6A Girls Soccer State Championship match on Saturday at Birkelbach Field.

"In the offseason we just pushed ourselves, during season we pushed ourselves," Collins said. "We just won the state title, so I'm pretty sure we deserve some respect now."

Lewisville Marcus finishes the year 23-4-1.

Grace Yochum didn’t waste any time.

A day after scoring in the first 38 seconds against McAllen in the Class 6A Girls Soccer State Semifinal, Yochum accounted for the early offense again on Saturday.

In the second minute, Yochum broke free to the far side of the field, crossed a shot from 10 yards out sneaking it past Flower Mound Marcus’ Stephanie Starr, making it 1-0.

Just 12 minutes later, Memorial junior Grace Collins – a TCU commit – rocketed a shot from 35 yards out towards the Marcus goal. The ball smashed off the crossbar and came back hitting Starr in the back and then rolling into the net, making it 2-0.

Memorial outshot Marcus 7-4 in the first half.

Collins wasn’t done.

In the 42nd minute, Collins shook two defenders and fired one home from 20 yards out for her second goal of the match, making it 3-0, which would be the final.

Collins was named the Class 6A Girls Soccer Championship game MVP.

Kilgore finished the state tournament posting two shutouts, which gave her four in the playoffs.

Memorial finished the playoffs outscoring opponents 23-3.

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Houston couldn't keep up

Astros fall to Blue Jays as Toronto gets homer-happy

Houston's bats couldn't keep up with Toronto's Saturday night. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

With an offensive clinic in the opener on Friday night, which helped them handily defeat the Blue Jays, the Astros returned to Minute Maid Park Saturday with a chance to secure another series. Toronto had other plans, though, reversing roles with Houston by getting big home runs to even the series.

Final Score: Blue Jays 8, Astros 4

Astros' Record: 17-16, third in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Steven Matz (5-2)

Losing Pitcher: Cristian Javier (3-1)

Toronto flips the script and turns on their offense against Javier

Toronto flipped the script from the night before early in this middle game of the series, dealing damage to Cristian Javier, who so far in 2021 had been able to limit his amount of earned runs. After retiring the first four batters he faced, a one-out walk in the top of the second set up the Blue Jays' first hit of the night, a two-run home run by Cavan Biggio, giving them a 2-0 lead over Houston.

After a leadoff home run made it a 3-0 score, Javier would deal with the fallout of more walks in the top of the third, issuing two to set up a two-out two-RBI double to give the Jays a commanding 5-0 advantage. Javier would battle back and complete five full innings, getting one out into the sixth before a walk would prompt Dusty Baker to make the call to the bullpen. His final line: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 8 K, 2 HR, 91 P.

Alvarez keeps mashing as Houston tries to claw back into it

Javier would exit with at least some runs on the board in support of him, with Yordan Alvarez hitting a two-run opposite-field homer in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead to three runs. Alvarez accounted for another run in the next inning, coming through with an RBI-single to make it 5-3, which is where the game stood as Andre Scrubb would take over in the top of the sixth.

Scrubb finished that inning for Javier and returned for a 1-2-3 seventh to keep it a two-run game. Bryan Abreu was the next reliever, and he, too, was able to retire the Blue Jays in order in the top of the eighth. The Astros continued to chip away at Toronto's lead, getting another run in the bottom of the inning on an RBI by Yuli Gurriel to make it 5-4 heading to the ninth.

Toronto evens the series

Brooks Raley entered to try and keep it a one-run game with a clean inning, but instead, two runners would reach on a walk and error before Joe Smith would enter to try and strand them. Instead, a two-out home run put the game back out of reach at 8-4, with Houston coming up empty in the bottom of the inning, setting up a rubber match in the finale.

Up Next: This series's third and final game will be an afternoon start of 1:10 PM Central on Sunday. Zack Greinke (2-1, 3.76 ERA) will try to add more wins to his record for Houston, while Nate Pearson will be making his 2021 debut for Toronto.

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