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Boys, girls soccer: Mansfield state-bound; Jesuit falls; Plano West girls top Marcus in SO
Mansfield 1, El Paso Bel Air 0: In Midland, Tanner Tate scored in the 59th minute, and Mansfield held off hard-charging El Paso Bel Air for a 1-0 victory Saturday in the Class 5A Region I final at Grande Communications Stadium.
Bel Air had eight more shots than Mansfield but couldn’t find a way around goalkeeper Kenny Barbaran, who made eight saves — one of which came on a two-on-one break for the Highlanders.
“I’m just thinking get every ball, win every ball in the air — the air’s my territory,” said Barbaran, who conceded he was nervous the entire game. “I kept that mind-set, and it worked.”
Tate, a senior, took the pressure off Barbaran when he controlled a long flick in the middle of the field and scored in the second half.
“It was priceless,” Tate said of his goal. “I couldn’t even believe it.”
Austin Westlake 4, Jesuit 0: In Austin, Westlake took advantage of an estimated 30 mph wind to score on two early free kicks, and the Chaps went on to win in a rematch of the 2010 state semifinals.
With the wind at Westlake’s backs, Walker Hume rocketed a free kick 38 yards into the goal 2:50 into the game and converted a 26-yard free kick with 12:08 elapsed.
Jesuit recovery efforts were jolted with 27:09 left in the game when standout midfielder Juan De Dios Torres left the field after a collision. He did not return.
Hume’s twin brother, Tucker, and Ben Hernandez added goals as Westlake (24-1-1) pounded away at overmatched Jesuit (22-3).
“Jesuit is a really good team and they beat us badly last time we played,” said Westlake coach John Campbell, referring to the 2010 matchup that Jesuit won, 4-0. “We were really up for this match.”
Plano West 3, FM Marcus 2 (SO): In Midland, After the teams split two district matchups and played 100 seesaw minutes of soccer at Grande Communications Stadium, it was only fitting for Saturday’s Class 5A Region I final between Plano West and Flower Mound Marcus to come down to a shootout.
And in the end, Plano West moved on to state, prevailing, 3-2, against its District 8-5A rival thanks to a 2-0 victory in the shootout on goals by senior Logan Beal and sophomore Tori Gates.
“We know that they’re a good team, and we know who they are, and they’re one of our biggest competition,” Beal said. “So, for us to go out there and win is a great feeling.”
It appeared Marcus was going to have the final say in the rivalry this season when the Lady Marauders jumped out to a 2-0 halftime lead on goals by Katelyn Mountjoy in the fifth minute and sophomore Natalie Schmutz in the 15th minute.
But, playing with the wind in the second half, Plano West erased the deficit with a putback by Beal in the 46th minute and a 40-yard free kick by Karson Keogh in the 59th minute.
Plano West goalkeeper Claire Wheatley stopped four straight shots in the shootout.
Klein Oak 1, Sachse 0 (2 OT): In Round Rock, Amanda Fox slipped past the previously impenetrable Sachse defense and pushed a deflected ball just past the goalie for the only score of the match as top-ranked Klein Oak (25-1-1) defeated Sachse (17-10-1) in the 5A Region II final.
Klein Oak made a number of rushes at the Sachse defense, but the Mustangs thwarted every advance for the first 90 minutes of the match.
With winds gusting up to 30 mph at Kelly Reeves Stadium, Sachse controlled much of the match with a relatively calm triangle passing attack that emphasized ball control.
Sophomore striker Jade Abarca had two solid shots on goal, but Klein Oak marked the Sachse speedster and denied her the ball throughout the contest.
Klein Oak advanced to the state tournament for the sixth time, winning the Class 5A championship in 2003 and finishing second in 1985 and 1988.
TC Byron Nelson 2, Birdville 1: In Wichita Falls, Byron Nelson earned its first state tournament berth by winning the 4A Region I final.
“I didn’t know what to expect when we started the season,” coach Philip Salyer said. “Then when we were able to compete with the top teams in our district, I felt we would have a chance in the playoffs. But this isn’t surprising, because I knew the talent we had.”
Junior forward Darla Hyde gave Byron Nelson (24-2-4) the lead with a rebound score.Then Marchelle Davis, who had the ball almost 30 yards away on the right side, lofted a shot high into the air and watched it float down just over Birdville keeper Meredith Gebo’s reach.
“I didn’t think it was going in at all,” Davis said. “I was completely surprised when it went in, 100 percent. It was crazy. It was awesome to go up 2-0. It was like, ‘We’ve got this now.’”