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Third time charm as Marcus girls finally win shootout, top Carroll, 2-1
After falling in playoffs the last two years, Marcus is prepared
JUSTIN — Flower Mound Marcus has been in a Class 5A regional quarterfinal shootout at Justin Northwest the last two years. This time Marcus won.
Sophomore Baylee Mitchell, the sixth Marcus player in the shootout, scored the deciding goal against Southlake Carroll.
“We lost last year on this field in this round, so we knew it could come down to a shootout,” Marcus coach Chad Hobbs said. “So we’d been practicing shootouts for a couple weeks and seeing who seemed to have a feel for it. But there is no way to simulate the pressure.”
Marcus (27-2-1) had tied the score 1-1 with 1:07 remaining a 15-yard goal by junior Katelyn Mountjoy. Marcus had pressured for a goal for 89 minutes. Two goals were disallowed on offside calls, and three shots were saved between the posts from shots inside 20 yards.
Scoring was difficult with Marcus and Carroll each having 20 shutouts this season.
Carroll (23-3-1) scored in the fourth minute on a header by junior Meghan Murphy off a well-placed cross by junior Sophie Groff.
Carroll, the 2008 state champs, had used its defense to break a streak of being eliminated in the area round the last three years.
After two scoreless 10-minute overtime periods, Carroll got one shootout goal from Groff. Marcus got a shootout goal from sophomore Maddie Brem to force sudden death shootout with the sixth attempt.
Marcus sophomore goalie Meg Smith had three blocks and forced two misses to set up Mitchell’s game winner.