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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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Framber Valdez was dominant on Thursday. Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images.

The Astros came into this game against the Rangers looking to take the finale of the 3-game series, and they did exactly that.

Framber Valdez had another classic performance, pitching seven innings while allowing zero runs and four hits. Valdez also recorded 8Ks and 1BB.

On offense, it was a big day for Yuli Gurriel who bounced back with 3 hits after going 0-5 the previous night. Alex Bregman and Martin Maldonado both went yard, hitting 2 and 3-run bombs respectively.

Maldonado's came in the bottom of the second inning, giving the Astros a 3-0 lead.

Bregman's put the Astros on top 5-0 in the bottom of the 5th.

The Astros added two more runs in the 7th after Bregman singled to drive in a run, and a sac fly from Aledmys Diaz.

Heading into the 8th inning, Seth Martinez took over for Valdez protecting a 7-0 lead. That lead wouldn't last long after Martinez allowed a couple of base runners and gave up 2 runs off a pair of singles from Nathaniel Lowe and Leody Taveras.

The Astros headed to the bottom of the 8th up 7-2.

After a scoreless bottom of the 8th, Rafael Montero came in to close the game out in the 9th.

Montero gave up a solo homer to Marcus Semien with 2 outs in the 9th before shutting the door.

Final: Astros 7, Rangers 3

Next up: Oakland comes to Minute Maid to play the Astros Friday night at 7:10PM.



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