Written by Matt Wixon
Eight-round shootout ends in favor of Byron Nelson, vanquishing resilient Wakeland
GEORGETOWN — When Trophy Club Byron Nelson and Frisco Wakeland met in a tournament earlier this season, their match ended with penalty kicks. On Friday, with the season on the line, the teams needed another shootout.
Once again, the tiebreaker was a heartbreaker for Wakeland.
In the eighth round of penalty kicks, goalkeeper Chase Therrien moved to his right and made the winning save, giving Byron Nelson a 2-1 victory (7-6 in the shootout). It earned Byron Nelson (27-1-2) a spot in Saturday’s Class 4A title game against Pharr Valley View or Houston Lee.
Therrien said he tried to remember which way each Wakeland player kicked during their penalty-kick battle in January. But although the junior reviewed the game video on the bus ride to the state tournament, he said he couldn’t remember the details once the shootout began.
“I tried to understand which way they were going,” Therrien said, “and on that last one, I just got lucky, I think.”
Luck helps in a shootout, but Therrien made several excellent saves before the penalty kicks. Wakeland goalkeeper Sam Whaley also made big saves, including one on a Byron Nelson shot that could’ve ended the match in the fifth round of the shootout.
Wakeland coach Rusty Oglesby said the thin margin of victory was a reminder of how difficult it is to win a state title, which his team did in 2010.
“You’ve got to win eight [playoff] games to win a state championship,” he said. “We only play 10 district games.”
Wakeland (22-5-3) scored five minutes into the match when Logan Biggs’ free kick from 35 yards in front of the goal was redirected into the net by Dylan Rakestraw. The 1-0 lead held up until two minutes remained in the first half, when Byron Nelson’s Mason Shank got the equalizer on a loose ball in front of the goal.
“Once we scored,” Therrien said, “I just had a gut feeling that we were going to PKs again.”