Roman DC scored with 57.4 seconds left in the first extra period and the Fort Worth South Hills boys soccer team escaped Fort Worth Southwests upset bid with a 2-1 victory in a Class 4A bi-district game Tuesday at Clark Stadium.
Mario Garcias goal on a short breakaway at the 11:40 mark of the second half tied the game after Southwests defense in front of goalkeeper Jeff Weller kept the Scorpions in check.
The young Scorpions (18-4-3), which start underclassmen except for DC and two others, advance to the area round to play Mansfield Lake Ridge at 8 p.m. Friday at Burleson Stadium.
South Hills coach Steven Andrews and his players, the District 13-4A champions, entered the game vowing not to take District 14-4A fourth-place finisher Southwest lightly, especially with the memory of an upset loss to Fort Worth Arlington Heights in the same round a year ago that left the Scorpions humbled.
Southwest, though, had no intention of rolling over.
The Raiders scored first, at the 26:37 mark of the first half, on Miguel Coronados shot off a pass from Roberto Ortiz deflected off a defender and into the goal.
Were poised to do the right thing, but were not taking Southwest lightly, Andrews said before the game. Im not saying we did that last year [against Heights], but we were definitely looking past them a little bit.
Weller and the Raiders defense denied the Scorpions on a number of opportunities.
In the second half, Kevin Rodas corner kick bent toward the goal untouched before smacking the right corner post and bouncing out and into Southwests possession.
Garcia had a goal nullified on an offsides call at 11:40.
The game might be just what the youthful, inexperienced Scorpions need after running through district competition 8-0-2, their coach said.
Weve been able to put up good goals, and our defense has held tight all year, Andrews said. Weve been in some pretty stressful games in [early season] tournaments.
So, I think our kids, despite being very, very young, are ready.
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