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Girls soccer: Lyons leads Guyer to playoff-clinching win over McKinney Boyd

Amber Lyons has been a star for Guyer all year. But in a key District 6-6A matchup, it was younger sister Allie Lyons who stepped up in a big way to spark the Lady Wildcats to a win Tuesday night.   

Allie Lyons scored the first goal of the night — her first of the year — and added a goal and two assists in the second half to lead Guyer (13-3-2, 7-3-2 district) to a 4-1 victory over McKinney Boyd.

"Allie played great," Guyer coach Mandy Hall said. "She's a great player and she does so much to set our offense up. For her to get the goals that she spends most of the year setting up was nice."

Allie Lyons opened the scoring at the 23:30 mark of the first half off an assist from Amber Lyons. By grabbing the lead early, Guyer took control of the game and was able to put the pressure on Boyd. 

"It was huge, because they're a team that once they get one it can build quickly," Hall said. "We needed to make sure we kept the shutout going as long as we could to get our offense going and build some confidence."

The confidence came quickly in the second half, as the Lady Wildcats came out of the gate looking to add to the lead right away. Olivia Ramirez set up a nice attacking opportunity on the team's first possession and Sami Gomez had a dangerous shot on goal that hit off the crossbar before Guyer broke things open. 

Amber Lyons found the back of the net on an assist from Allie Lyons with 27:46 left to extend the lead to 2-0. Mariella Stephens essentially put the game out of reach with a goal at the 16:21 mark, again assisted by Allie Lyons.

When Boyd finally broke the shutout on a goal from Kristen Meadows less than a minute later, Allie Lyons closed the door on any hopes of a comeback by dribbling through the defense and connecting on her second goal.

"It was awesome," Allie Lyons said. "Usually I'm setting up the goals, but I felt like it was my day. It just felt really good."

The Lady Wildcats clinched a playoff spot with the victory and will look to hold on to the second seed in 6-6A with two games to go in the regular season. Guyer next plays at Plano West on March 20 before closing the year at home against Plano on March 23. 

"It's something the girls said they wanted from the beginning, and now we know we're at least going to get fourth," Hall said. "It's an awesome feeling. But I know they're going to continue to fight for that second-place finish all the way through."