Penalty kicks lift George Ranch girls soccer to I-10 Shootout title
77彩票网appThe George Ranch girls soccer team played the entire I-10 Shootout with little margin for error, defeating Tomball Memorial and Memorial by 1-0 scores to advance to the Spartan Bracket final.
A scoreless draw and penalty kicks against Seven Lakes to decide the championship seemed par for the course.
77彩票网app“I think we’ve learned a lot through scrimmages, through preseason already,” George Ranch coach Melissa Pratt Jimenez said. “We’ve been in tight games and we know how to close it out.”
77彩票网appThe Longhorns prevailed 1-0, including 3-1 in the shootout after an early lead.
Cybil Long, Morgen Rathmell and Jordan Crouch converted the Longhorns’ first three chances, while Medinat Lawal made a diving stop on Seven Lakes’ second attempt to put George Ranch ahead.
77彩票网appLawal, a junior, stepped in the box for the penalty kick session after 80 scoreless minutes and several saves by senior all-tournament selection Emilee Ulke.
77彩票网app“She knew she could do it,” Pratt said. “We trust her in that situation. She’s done it for us before.”
77彩票网appThe Longhorns struggled to generate opportunities against the wind in the first half, primarily on two corner kicks.
77彩票网appAn early cross by Riley Grafe in the second half was loose for a moment but grabbed by the keeper. A steal by Rathmell minutes later did not result in a shot.
Seven Lakes produced the majority of scoring opportunities, nearly scoring when a header bounced behind Ulke. But a Longhorns defender kicked it away at the last second.
A George Ranch defense led by Jordan Crouch, Madeline Antley, Bailey Crouch and Caroline Harriss was tested but completed a tournament shutout.
The Longhorns return several starters from a 2019 team that won six straight down the stretch including a 4-1 bi-district playoff win against Alvin.
George Ranch improved to 5-1-2 with the Spartan Bracket title. The Longhorns’ only loss was in their season opener to Bridgeland.
77彩票网appThey tied Katy Taylor 1-1, defeated Port Neches-Groves 2-0, tied Morton Ranch 1-1 and defeated Klein Cain 3-1 entering the I-10 Shootout.
A consistent postseason team, the Longhorns advanced to the area round seven times during the previous decade.
LCISD had two teams competing in Katy this past week, with Foster playing in the Maverick Bracket. The Falcons came away with a 4-1 victory against Fort Bend Austin.
Fort Bend ISD had seven teams in competition, with Kempner and Travis taking third in their brackets.
77彩票网appThe Cougars defeated Nederland 2-1 on penalty kicks, then lost in the Mustang semifinals by the same score to North Shore. They closed a strong showing with a 2-1 victory in regulation against Cypress Park.
Travis routed Pasadena 6-0 to open the Ram Bracket, then lost 4-3 to Cypress Lakes. The Tigers could not have finished better, defeating Cypress Ridge 4-0.
Elkins picked up two wins in the Tiger Bracket, rebounding from a 4-0 loss to Katy to defeat La Porte 2-1 and Santa Fe 2-0.
Ridge Point won twice in arguably the toughest bracket, rallying from a 4-3 penalty kicks loss to Brazoswood to defeat San Antonio Johnson 3-2 and Bellaire 2-0.
Zoe Main, Sarah Gillespie both scored twice during the tournament, with Hannah Booth, Hannah Warnken, Charlotte Richardson and Cameryn Parsons contributing to a balanced offense.
77彩票网appClements played in the challenging Cougar Bracket, falling to Cinco Ranch and Cy-Fair. The Rangers did earn a 2-0 win against Pearland as Maddy Xiong and Kaelin Isaacson scored.