MIDLOTHIAN — Kennedale girls soccer coach Jena Lind wasn’t even sure freshman forward Abby Olmos was going to finish the game. Playing on an injured ankle, Olmos told her coach at halftime that she could close out her first playoff game.
Olmos then went out in the second half and scored the game-winning goal in Kennedale’s 2-1 victory against Crowley in the bi-district round of the Class 4A playoffs Tuesday night at MISD Multi-Purpose Stadium in Midlothian.
Kennedale (19-5-2) faces Arlington Heights (18-4-2) in the second round at 8 p.m. on Thursday at Kennedale’s Wildcat Stadium.
“I said I don’t want to see you limping out on that field,” Lind said she told Olmos after she cleared Olmos to play the second half. “I want to see that you give 100 percent, and she did.”
Olmos’ goal came with 30:50 left in the second half after she received a pass from midfield. She said she was worried that she might have played the ball too far on her first touch but caught back up to the ball, eluded a defender and then buried a shot past the Crowley keeper.
The goal was Kennedale’s first lead of the game.
“I went as close as I could and shot it with the outside of my foot,” Olmos said of her goal. “I was worried because I didn’t know where to shoot it but I got it in.”
Crowley (5-6-5) had a brief lead in the first half after senior forward Ashley White scored with 1:44 left in the half.
The lead wouldn’t last long. Kennedale pushed the ball up the field after the score and got a long goal from freshman forward Alli Thornton with 30 seconds left in the half. In a little over a minute, Crowley’s lead vanished.
“This team is always a good comeback team,” Lind said. “They always know that they can’t let that first goal get them down.”
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