By Kelly Morris / Special Contributor
WACO — Ursuline tried for its 25th straight TAPPS state title on Friday night, but the head-turning streak ended with a 2-1 loss to rival Bishop Lynch in frigid conditions at Waco ISD Stadium.
The Bears attempted to defeat Bishop Lynch for the third time this season, but the Friars built a 2-0 lead and held on after Ursuline midfielder Katie Lund scored on a penalty shot in the 73rd minute.
The Bears (20-5) played from behind in two 2-1 district wins against Bishop Lynch this season. Friday was no different. Bishop Lynch’s Eva Gonzalez started the scoring in the 30th minute, and Natalie McDonough made it 2-0 in the 59th minute of the physical battle.
Lund’s goal was her team-leading 17th goal of the season, but the Friars (25-2-1) defended all Ursuline threw at them after it. Alex Arenas and Francesca Genera both had chances go wide in the final five minutes.
The gametime temperature was 31 degrees, but the freezing rain started to fall in the second half.
The Bears graduate 10 seniors, including Kate Hajdu, a Texas A&M signee, and Lund, a Boston College signee.