Wednesday, April 9, 2014

High School Playoff Soccer: Central vs. Keller girls

Toward the end of the regular season, The Central High School Lady Cats had to tie or win their last few soccer matches just to make it into the playoffs. After accomplishing that, the squad had to face undefeated El Paso Franklin, who had previously only allowed five goals scored all season, in the bi-district match which many people thought was not going to work out so well for Central. The Lady Cats dispatched them 2-1. Now, in the area round at Shotwell Stadium in Abilene, the team would have to face Keller High, a high-octane scoring juggernaut who netted 15 goals in their last three matches.

The first half of the game seemed to be going all Keller's way. In the game story written by reporter Carlos Silva he quoted the Keller coach Bill Griffiths saying, "We constantly wanted to try to get the ball behind them and keep them under pressure, which would make it harder for them to attack us." Griffiths' plan seemed to work as Keller scored two goals in the first 27 minutes. The Lady Cats didn't fare much better in the second half despite having a few chances in front of the net. In the 49th minute, Keller scored again giving them a 3-0 lead and the eventual win. Central finished the season with a record of 12-7-2 and will only graduate four seniors. Fifteen players will return from this year's roster.

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