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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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3 players the Texans must trade before the deadline

Trading Mercilus would be a big win from a cap perspective. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Strapped for cash and no picks within the first two rounds of the upcoming draft, the Houston Texans should consider having a fire sales ahead of the NFL trade deadline. With the team going nowhere and the uncertainty of the future, J.J. Watt has dominated the rumor mill with the Texans doing the unthinkable of departing from their franchise star.

But despite sitting at 1-6 on the season, the idea of trading Watt has become less probable following Aaron Wilson's appearance on Locked On Texans. During the interview, Wilson — Texans beat reporter for the Houston Chronicle — said it would be hard for ownership to sell the idea of moving on from Watt seven months after the untimely departure of DeAndre Hopkins.

So with the Texans holding on to their future Hall of Famer, that should not hinder the organization from exploring trade options with the other 52 men on the roster not named Deshaun Watson.

The Texans are in desperate need of a rebuild to repair the destruction caused by former head coach and general manager Bill O'Brien. Houston has several tradeable assets on their roster — some of which a contender may overcompensate for in hopes of obtaining the Vince Lombardi Trophy in February.

To get a jumpstart on what could be a two-year rebuilding project, here are three players the Texans should consider moving ahead of the Nov. 3 trade deadline.

Whitney Mercilus

If the Texans elect not to move on from Watt, the organization should have a 180 approach to Whitney Mercilus. The 30-year-old outside linebacker is scheduled to make a projected $35.5 million over the next three seasons, and his on-field production does not match the big payday coming from the Texans.

Prior to his massive $54 million contract extension awarded last December, Mercilus was on a roll in 2019. He recorded 7.5 sacks — five coming within the first four weeks of the season — to go along with 48 total tackles and four forced fumbles. Seven weeks into the 2020 season, Mercilus is nowhere close to matching his 2019 output with only 3.0 sacks, 14 total tackles and no forced fumbles.

But despite his decline as of late, multiple teams around the league can use Mercilus' services to enhance their pass rush. The Green Bay Packers and the Tennessee Titans are two championship-contending teams who desperately need to upgrade their front seven in their attempt to represent their respective conference in Super Bowl LV. The Packers are dead last in quarterback pressures, and Jadeveon Clowney is far from the disruptive force the Titans expected.

Mercilus' arrival to any of the two teams may not be a bona fide game-changer, but an upgrade nevertheless. Perhaps a change of scenery could be the key to unlocking the Mercilus who logged a career-best 12 sacks in 2015.

The Seahawks could also use the talents of Mercilus to enhance their linebacking corps, but their recent trade to acquire DT Carlos Dunlay could leave Seattle short on their trade offer to Houston.

Best trade partner: Titans

Duke Johnson

The Houston Texans' run game has been nonexistent throughout the season, and it's time for the organization to experiment with a younger prospect — preferably Scottie Phillips — during the second half of the season.

While it would be nice if the Texans could find a trade partner for David Johnson, no team would be willing to take on the near $8 million base salary he is due next season for his lack of production. Which leaves the better half of the Johnson Brothers up for grabs in Duke Johnson.

Duke has experienced a significant decrease in his touches when compared to last season and could be more beneficial to a playoff team seeking help in their backfield.

The Chicago Bears are the one team where Duke's talents could be beneficial and properly utilized. Chicago lost their Pro-Bowl running back Tarik Cohen for the season due to a torn ACL and has since struggled in the run game. David Montgomery has done a moderate job filling in for the injured Cohen, but the second-year halfback has yet to prove himself as an every-down back.

Duke's skill set as a pass-catcher coming out of the backfield is the most suitable attribute he would be able to provide to the Bears. Cohen is one of the most dynamic dual-threat halfbacks, and Duke would be able to give the Bears' offense a sense of normalcy in his absence.

The New England Patriots may explore the market to enhance their backfield. But one can imagine that Bill Belichick is more interested in adding a receiver in an attempt to salvage the remainder of their season.

Best trade partner: Bears

Will Fuller

Next to Watt, Will Fuller has been the second most discussed Texan in the rumor mill. Fuller could survive the trade deadline and become a foundational piece to the Texans' rebuilding project, but Houston may not be willing to tie long-term money into the Notre Dame product given his injury history.

Several teams around the league have their eyes set on a potential deal for Fuller, but none more so the Packers.

Green Bay is seeking a receiver who they can pair alongside Pro-Bowler Davante Adams. A potential deal for Fuller would give the Packers a quality second-tear receiver, while reprising his role as a team's No. 2 option — similar to his early days playing alongside Hopkins.

Fuller would also be a tremendous upgrade to the Patriots. New England does not have any quality receivers on their roster, and their depth has become more vulnerable after the team placed Julian Edelman on IR following knee surgery.

While the Patriots are in dire need to add a receiver, Belichick may hesitate from giving up too many assets — especially draft picks — that could be valuable to their own rebuilding process should the Cam Newton experiment fail. While on pace for a career-year, the Texans should look to cash-in on Fuller while his trade stock is at an all-time high.

Best trade partner: Packers

Coty M. Davis is a reporter for ESPN 97.5 Houston/SportsMap covering the Houston Texans. He is also the co-host of Locked On Texans, a part of the Locked On Podcast Network. Follow Coty on Twitter @CotyDavis_24.

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