KELLER — Skillful possession broke up the playoff seeding race in District 4-5A. Richland kept Keller scrambling for the majority of Fridays match at Keller ISD Stadium like a giant game of keep-away.
The result was a 3-0 Richland victory, locking up third place for the Rebels.
Richland (14-4-4, 9-2-3 in 4-5A) scored first 10 minutes into the match on a one-touch shot by Isaias Guerrero at the top of the box. Richland midfielder Nick Johnson sent a looping cross that bounced off the forehead of Felix Manzano and landed just to the right of Guerrero. Off the bounce, Guerrero ripped a shot that sneaked just under the crossbar.
It was Guerreros fifth goal of the season.
Im speechless, first of all, because I really dont make those kinds of goals, Guerrero said.
Kellers best scoring chance came with 6 minutes left in the first half on a solid rip off the right foot of Jaime Fields. The shot sent Richland goalkeeper Jared Hall into a full-extension dive to his left, allowing him to get just enough of a hand on the ball to send it wide . The save was one of four Hall made.
Richland maintained possession of the ball for the majority of the second half, allowing Keller (13-4-4, 9-4-1) the occasional short run or free kick attempt in the offensive third, none of which Keller could capitalize on.
Richlands top offensive threat, Christian Cuadra, acted as his teams closer, netting two late goals that sealed the victory.
Cuadra scored the first with just under four minutes to play, taking a rebound around one defender and bouncing a shot past Keller goalkeeper Alec Tyler. The second shot found the net a minute later after a turnover off a tackle on a breakaway. Cuadra made a quick juke of Tyler and easily dribbled into the net.
With every playoff seed up in the air entering Friday nights games, Richland handed Keller possession of the fourth and final seed, claiming at least third place. Southlake Carrolls 1-0 victory over Haltom locks up the district championship for the Dragons. Keller Central beat Justin Northwest 4-1 to take the second spot.
They beat us 3-0 last time and we came in here with something to prove and we got it, Richland coach Matt Snow said.
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