MANSFIELD — Coach Bill Sharp has tried in the past to simulate the high-stake pressure of penalty kicks for his Waco Midway girls soccer team in practice. He said there’s just nothing like doing it live in a game.
Midway survived penalty kicks and beat Mansfield Timberview 1-0 (2-1 on penalty kicks) in the Class 5A bi-district round Thursday night at Newsom Stadium.
“You always wonder when your team gets there, how they’ll perform,” Sharp said. “I’m proud of them for sticking it out.”
Audrey Johnston scored the game-winning penalty kick after Timberview and Midway each missed two straight kicks. Goalie Cameron Carter scored the first penalty kick for Midway, immediately answering a score from Timberview freshman defender Hannah Saylor.
After the second half of overtime ended, Carter knew that the game could easily swing either way on penalty kicks. As both a goalie and shot taker, she knew she could make an impact.
Carter, a University of Arkansas signee, saved three penalty kicks in addition to her score.
“It was pretty nerve-racking,” Carter said. “It’s a 50-50 chance. You save it or you don’t. I knew I would have to shoot and I thought we’d be able to make some.”
Neither team could get much offense going in regulation and overtime. Timberview (16-7) made the match physical, and Midway (12-5-4) responded with tough defense of its own.
Midway dominated possession in the second half and had a few chances to break through. With 18 minutes left in the second half, Midway booted a free kick into the penalty box, and Timberview senior goalie Kimber Collins made a diving save.
The ball then bounced off Collins, and a Midway player had a rebound chance. But a Timberview defender stepped in and blocked the shot out of bounds.
Timberview’s best chance came with 36 seconds left in overtime, but an open shot in the box missed wide right.
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