MIDLOTHIAN — Without two of their most important players on the field because of red card implications, the Lady Hawks saw their playoff run ended by Mansfield Lake Ridge High School after Tuesday's 4-1 finish at M.I.S.D. Multi-purpose Stadium.
Red Oak (15-6-1, 10-3-1), which entered the game as the District 10-5A No. 3 seed, had tied the Lady Eagles 0-0 on Jan. 31 and dropped the series finale 1-0 on Feb. 24.
The Lady Hawks had also averaged three goals per game coming into the contest with the help of season goals leaders Makayla Rushing (20) and Madison Humphrey (13) and assists leaders Humphrey (13), Maliya Mendoza (9), Victoria Garza (9) and Samantha Morgan (7).
Humphrey and Morgan were scratched from the roster after receiving red cards at the end of the Dallas Molina area round match.
Head Coach Kim Wallace and Mansfield Lake Ridge, which came into the game the fourth lowest-scoring team in District 10-5A, drove four goals into the back of Red Oak's net. The last time the senior goalkeeper Ashlynn Pritchett and the Lady Hawks allowed four or more goals was during a 6-0 loss to Mansfield Legacy High School on Feb. 14.
Pritchett won 15 of her 20 games as a senior, posting 86 saves and 12 shutout performances.
Red Oak ended its season at the regional quarterfinal round for the first time since the 2014-15 season.
Though senior standouts like Garza, Morgan, Pritchett, Alli Aydelott, Courtney Kendrick and Alyssa Ramos will graduate, Head Coach Adam Prachyl expects sophomores Humphrey, Rushing, Ashlyn Sykora and Zoie Shaw as well as juniors Mendoza and Savannah Delarosa to return.
Mansfield Lake Ridge advanced to the regional semifinal round and will face Highland Park High School at 10 a.m. Friday at Tommy Standridge Stadium in Carrolton, Texas.