March 24, 2011

McKINNEY, Texas - The McKinney Boyd girls soccer team has dismantled its District 10-5A competition this season.

The Lady Broncos have gone an impressive 13-0 against district foes and boast a 19-1-1 mark on the season.

Therefore, it may come as no surprise that Boyd possesses multiple Division I athletes on its team this year.

"At first you think about how much you'll miss them here," said Jimmie Lankford, Boyd head coach. "But soccer is such a big part of their lives that it's gotten them this far in life."

One of those players is future Texas A&M Aggie, Meghan Streight. The senior Bronco has netted nine goals and assisted on nine more this season while captaining the No. 2 ranked team in the country, according to the Powerade Fab 50 ESPN Rise rankings.

"The bottom line is that [Streight's] a competitor," Lankford said. "She's not happy unless she's winning."

Boyd has done plenty of winning in Streight's high school career. In the last three seasons, the Lady Broncos have either won the state championship or lost to the eventual state champion.

Last season saw Boyd drop a 3-2 contest to Conroe The Woodlands in the Class 5A State Championship game. Streight said the team has used that game as motivation all season long.

"It's our main factor of motivation," she said. "We want to show everybody that we're good enough to win state in [Class] 5A. We know we're capable of doing it so we want to get back to that game and finish it off this year."

It wasn't as if Streight needed any added motivation. The senior said avoiding the loss column each game is all the motivation she needs.

"One thing I can't stand is losing," she said. "I know we're good enough to beat anyone and so when we aren't playing to our potential, it is really frustrating."

After winning the Class 4A State Championship in 2008, the Lady Broncos lost to eventual state champion, Coppell, in a 4-2 contest during the regional finals in 2009.

The lack of a title since switching from Class 4A to 5A is something that Boyd wants to change before it becomes too late for players such as Streight.

"They're ready," Lankford said. "They've been ready ever since the loss at the end of the season last year."

Several players on the team also had bigger goals than just a state title this season.

"We wanted to go undefeated the entire season," Streight said. "Not just undefeated in district but the entire way. Obviously that's too late now though."

Boyd isn't far from undefeated so far in the season. The Lady Broncos have gone 19-1-1through 21 matches in 2011 and haven't lost since a Jan. 14 game against St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida) that saw Boyd fall, 1-0.

"It's good to be going into the playoffs up and ahead," Streight said. "We want to continue our winning streak and don't want to stop anytime soon."

When the postseason concludes for Boyd, Streight and teammate Kelley Monogue will join a touted class of recruits that have chosen Texas A&M University as their future Alma Matter.

Streight and Monogue said they didn't plan the same commitment, but that it all worked out in the end.

"I had no idea [Monogue] was going there until she randomly texted me one day and told me," Streight said. "We're all really excited about being there and know that we can step in and make an immediate impact."

For Streight, the choice to attend A&M was an easy one. The Lady Bronco had family ties to the school and never really considered going elsewhere.

"I've wanted to go to A&M for as long as I can remember," she said. "It has always been No. 1 on my list."

However, for now, Streight and the other Lady Broncos are focused on the task at hand with Boyd wrapping up its regular season next week. Soon after, the final playoff push of Streight's high school career will take place. To her, anything less than a title will be a letdown.

"It would mean the world to me to win it," she said. "It would be such a blessing. Not too many players can say they've won a state championship in [Class] 4A and 5A."

If her career so far at Boyd has been indication, Lankford said he believes his captain can lead the Lady Broncos to that very goal.

"She is one of those players that you love to have on your team," he said. "I never have to worry about her. She is definitely a leader for this team."

The Lady Broncos wrap up their district schedule Tuesday with a 5 p.m. game against Garland Naaman Forest. A win would mean a 14-0 mark against District 10-5A competition this season.