GEORGETOWN, Texas -- A year after they fell one win short of a state championship, McKinney Boyd's girls would not be denied.
Junior midfielder Amanda Elertson's header in overtime Saturday lifted Boyd past Colleyville Heritage, 1-0, in a tightly contested Class 5A final.
Elertson, the game's MVP, got a head on a long ball by Callie Annett and directed it into the left side of the net six minutes into the first overtime period.
“Callie crossed a great ball and I was just going to do anything I possibly could to get the ball in the back of the net, and I just went for it and I wasn’t really thinking. I just went for the ball,” Elertson said.
It was only the fourth goal allowed all season by Colleyville Heritage (23-3-1).
Before Boyd (27-1-1) netted the game winner, the match remained extremely even, with both sides generating several near misses throughout regulation. Patience was the mantra Boyd coach Jimmie Lankford preached to his team at halftime.
“We told them to be patient,” Lankford said. “Get into the rhythm of the game and do the little things that we do. Don’t make a lot of mistakes and take advantage of their mistakes.”
Several of Boyd’s chances were created by junior midfielder Caity Heap, who was unlucky on two shots and one pass. Both of Heap’s scoring chances pinged off the goal frame, the first off the crossbar 16 minutes into the second half and the second off the left post with five minutes to go in regulation. She also fed Kelley Monogue with a through ball that led to a shot wide right in the first minutes of overtime.
“We have a lot of firepower,” Lankford said. “We come from a lot of different angles. ... We had a bunch of chances and we create a bunch of chances, but give them credit. [Jackie Kerestine] made some great saves in the back.”
Five of Boyd's seniors, all four-year varsity players, received their third state tournament gold medals. Those players earned gold in 2008 and silver in 2010 before capping their careers with more gold.
It will be tough for Boyd to replace a group that lost only nine times in four years, but the tradition of winning will go on, Lankford said.
“It’s going to be difficult, but we go into the offseason and it gives me something to talk about," Lankford said. "You want to get to that level, you’ve got to put the work in this group put in. You know, they’ve got four years of hard work and you’ve got to put that work in.”