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5A Region II soccer tournament: Six-minute burst propels Plano West girls; McKinney Boyd boys advance
AUSTIN — Plano West, the defending Class 5A girls state champion, got all the goals it would need during a six-minute stretch of the first half in rolling to a 4-1 win against Round Rock Cedar Ridge in a 5A Region II semifinal Friday.
The Lady Wolves will play Austin Westlake in the regional final at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex.
The first 25 minutes were played mostly in the middle of the field until Plano West broke through on a goal by Lakyn Pope with 14:45 to play in the first half. It was the Lady Wolves’ first shot on goal. Pope barely had to work to beat the goalkeeper after a flawless crossing pass from deep in left corner by Casie Ramsier.
Ashley Smith added two goals before halftime for Plano West (25-0-2). First she split defenders and scored from just inside the penalty area with 13:15 to play. Later, at the 8:40 mark, Smith leaped over the pile and headed home a corner kick from Brooke Ramsier.
Cedar Ridge (19-2-2) cut the lead to 3-1 three minutes into the second half on Tori Waters’ goal off a direct free kick. But Plano West responded when the Ramsier twins worked together inside the penalty area to produce a goal by Brooke.
Austin Westlake 3, Sachse 2 (SO): The undefeated Westlake girls twice rallied from a one-goal deficit, then scored on five of their seven attempts in the penalty-kick shootout while Sachse scored just four times.
Sachse had a chance to win in the sixth round of penalty kicks, but Westlake goalkeeper Kalli Douma knocked away a shot. Westlake’s Rachel Coyle scored in the seventh round and Sachse missed on its final shot.
Sachse (18-6-1) stunned Westlake (28-0) in the game’s early minutes when freshman Cyera Hintzen flipped a left-footed shot over Douma and into the upper-right corner of the net. For most of the rest of the match, Sachse was the aggressor, keeping Westlake off balance.
Westlake finally broke through to tie the score with 8:21 remaining on a goal by Christy Goldberg. After late-minute flurries from both teams, the match went to overtime.
Sachse retook the lead just 32 seconds into overtime as Hintzen scored, but Westlake again answered, getting the equalizer from Grace Burr with 7:02 remaining. Neither team scored in the second overtime.
McKinney Boyd 2, The Woodlands 1: William Wiginton outfought two defenders and volleyed a shot into the net with 12:19 to play to lift Boyd to victory in a 5A Region II semifinal at the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex. Wiginton scored when he was able to corral and then get his foot on the fourth consecutive corner kick during an extended possession for McKinney Boyd in the offensive zone.
The Woodlands was forced to play the final 46 minutes of the game with just 10 players after its starting goalkeeper was given a red card for dangerous play when he came 35 yards off his line to make a stop in the open field.
The win puts McKinney Boyd (19-5-2) in Saturday’s 1 p.m. regional final.
McKinney Boyd scored first with 9:26 to play in the first half as Ben Gupton headed in a flip throw in from Alex Lopez from outside the sideline in the near-right corner. Once The Woodlands (20-3-3) was forced to play short-handed, it seemed like only a matter of time before Boyd would put away the game. Instead, The Woodlands tied the score on a header by Jordan Lewallen off a corner kick with 32:12 remaining in regulation.
Eventually, fatigue set it for The Woodlands and it allowed too many chances in its own penalty area, culminating in Wiginton’s winning goal.
Kingwood 1, McKinney 0 (SO): Rory Mageean converted the deciding goal in the fifth round of penalty kicks to propel Kingwood to a win in the Class 5A Region II semifinals Friday.
Mageean’s winning kick came after McKinney’s Dante Nunez missed in the third round of PKs, and Chris Shelby was stopped by Kingwood goalkeeper Jack DiSorbo in the fourth round.
Kingwood (22-1-4) advances to play Boyd in Saturday’s 1 p.m. regional final.
McKinney goalkeeper Rylan Whan stopped two Kingwood shots in the penalty-kick round.
McKinney’s backline, led by bruising defender Andres Garza, stymied Kingwood’s offense and limited it to just a few decent scoring chances. McKinney (17-4-5) played both Whan and QuiQue Vicens in goal, and both made great stops to keep Kingwood scoreless in regulation and overtime.