For the men's and women's soccer teams, the road to state goes through Deer Park. When April 13-14 comes around, both teams want to play on their home turf as Clyde Abshier Stadium will host the Region III semifinals and finals with the winner advancing to state.
This season, both teams finished as champions of District 22-5A and are looking at prolonged runs into the state tournament
For the women's team, a relentless scoring attack and a suffocating defense paved the way to another undefeated season under head coach Todd McBride. With a record of 19-3-5 (10-0) the Lady Deer are poised to make waves in the Region III bracket.
"When we go out, we play at the level that we want to get to," McBride said. "These girls understand that to get to state, they have to play at a state-level and no less. You can see it in their eyes during practice and when we play. District isn't good enough for them."
The Lady Deer have only surrendered more than one goal twice this season, both of those coming in pre-district matches. They haven't lost since a 4-0 defeat to Flower Mound Marcus at the end of January and have only given up three goals since then.