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Local soccer star scores her 100th goal

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Posted: Friday, April 6, 2012 3:33 pm

How about 100 goals? Soccer goals, that is.

In a team-based game where the score is usually in the single digits, McKenna Mangold, a junior at Bandera High School, scored her 100th goal March 23.

That 100th goal was the first score by the Bandera Lady Bulldogs in the last district game of the season against San Antonio Memorial. For the record, Bandera won that game 7-2 and advanced to the playoffs.

Also for the record, those 100 goals are from her high school career only.

Her teammates, coaches, and parents of the players were ready for the record. They all held signs with “100th” after the score.

Want a little irony? Her uniform number is 18 and she's the 18th girl in the San Antonio area to achieve that accomplishment in high school sports.

“Soccer is very physical and I like the competition,” Mangold said.

Mangold has scored more than 100 points during her time on the field. She started playing in Bandera Youth Soccer when she was five years old.

“I played every sport when I was little,” Mangold said. “I enjoy playing with my friends.”

Mangold also plays club soccer year round with a team in San Antonio. She started competing on that level in fourth grade.

Mangold also plays high school volleyball and competes in track.

With play like Mangold's and her teammates, the Lady Bulldogs have won area championship and made it to sectionals in both her freshman and sophomore years.

It's not as easy as it may seem, however. While Bandera is a 3A school, they usually play against 4A schools. The team's regular opponents are Medina Valley, Uvalde, Alamo Heights, Smithson Valley and Schertz-Clemens.

“There aren't enough 3A schools so we have to play up a level,” Mangold said.

Their season generally consists of 10 preseason games, three tournaments, 10 district games, and the playoffs come after that.  

Mangold was freshman newcomer of the year for District 55 two years ago. That award comes from the district coaches.

In her sophomore year, she was selected as Offensive Most Valuable Player for the district and selected for the Express-News All-Area Super Team.

The Lady Bulldogs are in the play-offs again. They won their bi-district playoff game 3-0 against San Antonio Jefferson in San Antonio Friday, March 30.

They will have played their area playoff  game Monday, April 2, at Tivy High School in Kerrville against the Boerne Champions.

While the San Antonio Express-News sports department calls Bandera a team to watch, they also consider the Alamo Heights Mules the area favorite.

Mangold's plans include playing soccer in college and then going on as a high school soccer coach.

How does she do what she does on the field? She's fast.

“You have to be fast to beat the defenders,” Mangold said.

Then there are the people who no one can win without, the girls she's been playing with since fourth grade, the members of the Lady Bulldogs soccer team.

“All my team members are good players,” Mangold said.

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