SOUTHLAKE — Cami Durko scored both Birdville goals as the Hawks came from behind to defeat Saginaw Boswell 2-1 in a Class 4A bi-district match Tuesday at Dragon Stadium.
The Hawks (18-8-1) play Wichita Falls Rider in Wichita Falls on Friday in the area round.
Though Birdville largely dominated possession and the run of play, it was Boswell (21-3-1) that notched the only goal of the first half. Nine minutes in, Rachel Herring ran onto a through ball in the middle the field about 25 yards out, slipped past one defender and fired just under the crossbar and over the fingertips of Hawks goalkeeper Meredith Gebo. It was the Pioneers lone shot on goal of the half.
Birdville applied almost constant pressure for the remainder of the half. In the 16th minute, Stephanie Sorrells corner kick found Meagan Kurosky, who volleyed over the goal. Six minutes later, off another corner, the ball fell to Tiffany Dang inside the 6-yard box. She tried to poke it home but was denied by Pioneers goalkeeper Ruth Garrett.
In the 27th minute, Durko appeared to level the score for the Hawks, but she was ruled offside. In all, Birdville launched 15 shots in the half and won 10 corner kicks.
I think at halftime we were really shocked, Durko said. I think we came out so confident that we were shocked, so we knew we just had to pick our game up.
The Hawks relentless pressure finally paid off in the 65th minute. Durko made a 30-yard run down the right side of the field and punched the ball into the net to level the score at 1-1.
Eight minutes later, Durko put the Hawks ahead with a right-footed strike from 22 yards out that hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced down just beyond the goal line.
At first I saw Hanna [Larson] running down the side and I though maybe I should pass to her, Durko said. But I was thinking about the last play and how it didnt work, so as soon as [the defender] stepped in and then out, I knew I should just take it in and so I chipped it over and got lucky.
Boswell came close to leveling the score in the 77th minute, but Samantha Moore made a sprawling clearance off the goal line after a ball bounced over Gebo.
Despite Birdvilles statistical domination, coach Eddie Brown wasnt surprised the game was as close as it was.
I had seen Boswell play the Aledo game, when they got a 1-0 lead, so I knew how they can kind of pack it in defensively, so I got a little worried there for a while.
Brown also feels his team finally showed its true potential.
Ive been waiting for this team to come out all year, he said. We havent played with that kind of intensity and that kind of enthusiasm and energy all year.
For Boswell, its the second consecutive season theyve been ousted from the playoffs by Birdville.
Honestly, I didnt feel like this was our best game as a team, coach James McCarry said. Our girls held it together mentally, which I was really proud of. They really pulled for each other on positives, but as far as little mistakes, we just didnt capitalize on things we should have.
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