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Hebron's comeback win pairs it with Plano West in 5A girls championship
GEORGETOWN — With all of its chances, the Hebron girls soccer team knew it was just going to be a matter of time before the goals came in a 3-1 Class 5A state semifinal victory against Katy Cinco Ranch.
The Hawks (23-2-2) hit the crossbar twice and had a goal called back before Laura Scholz scored the go-ahead goal with 11:08 remaining on a free kick.
“It’s very frustrating, but we kept our heads high and we knew we could win this game to go to the finals at state,” Scholz said. “It happens with our team pretty often … we knew in the second half we were going to come out strong and win this game.”
Scholz’s free kick came after a yellow card against Cinco Ranch for a foul just outside the box. Hebron coach Eric Ramirez told the senior not to worry about the wall, and she buried a right-footed shot just inside the right post.
It was Hebron’s second goal on a restart. Earlier, Lauren Frank tied the score on a corner kick by Alanna Castenada 10:17 into the second half.
“I never felt that we were not the better team,” Ramirez said. “I told the girls at halftime, ‘It’s 40 minutes, and we’re the better team. If we can get the first goal in the first 10 minutes, then we’re set.’”
After the equalizing goal, Hebron continued to pressure Cinco Ranch (21-2-3) and almost took the lead twice before Scholz’s direct kick. Carolina Paulette hit the crossbar, and Frank’s apparent second goal of the game was called back because of an offensive foul.
Once it took the lead, Hebron didn’t drop into a defensive shell and added an insurance goal with 7:26 remaining on a volley by sophomore Stefani Doyle.
Hebron outshot Cinco Ranch, 6-2, in the first half, but still trailed after Haley Cole headed home a corner kick with 9:16 remaining in the first half.
Hebron vs. Plano West
11 a.m. Saturday
Did you know: The two schools are separated by less than 4 miles.