DUNCANVILLE — Mansfield Timberview was both good and lucky against the Duncanville girls socer team at Old Panther Field on Friday.
A corner kick by Timberview junior midfielder Courtney Phillips found the back of the net on an own goal by Duncanville with 10 minutes left in the game, and the Wolves snagged a 1-0 win.
Timberview (16-6, 10-4 in District 7-5A) clinched the third playoff spot in 7-5A while Duncanville (11-9-5, 6-4-4) grabbed the fourth and final spot when Cedar Hill lost to Midlothian. Timberview plays Waco Midway in the first round of the playoffs on Thursday at 7:30 p.m., with the location to be determined.
Phillips curled the late corner kick into the box and the ball bounced off freshman forward Vanessa Blaylock before bouncing off a Duncanville player and into the net.
“I looked where I was going to place it and I knew they were going to panic this late in the game,” Phillips said of Duncanville. “I just made sure to hit in close.”
The result wasn’t all luck, however. Timberview consistently had the ball on Duncanville’s side of the field for most of the second half. Some missed opportunities and the Panthers’ defense prevented the Wolves from breaking through for most of the game.
Timberview’s deciding goal was a result of hard work in the second half, coach Casey McLean said.
“This is a tough place to play because the field is much bigger than everybody else’s field,” McLean said. “Whether it’s luck or creating, when you get it, you take it.”
Timberview had the opportunity for the corner kick after Phillips fired a long shot that was saved and knocked out of bounds by the Duncanville keeper.
Duncanville had a few chances late to tie the game, including a free kick saved by Timberview senior keeper Kimber Collins as time expired.
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