BEDFORD — It took 45 minutes for Keller’s offensive pressure to solve the mystery of Fort Worth Paschal sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Sisson.
But one crack was all Missy Ackerman needed Friday night. Her one-on-one dual with Sisson accounted for the only goal Keller needed in a 2-0 bi-district victory at Pennington Field.
The Indians (19-5-3) advance to play the winner of El Paso Soccoro and Midland on Friday at a time and site to be determined.
“They’re a defensive-minded team and we knew that,” Keller coach Billy Griffiths said. “Our plan was to put pressure on their upbacks, but she really handled things in the net well for them.”
Aside from the goal, Sisson was spectacular, with four saves while withstanding an onslaught of Keller offense.
Amanda Stickney added an insurance goal with a 30-yard shot in the 68th minute that Sisson never had a chance for.
Stickney’s kick sailed in the top left corner of the net, just under the crossbar.
The Indians held the ball on 26 possessions and the aggressive offense became their best defense.
For the game, Paschal (13-11-1) had only three legitimate scoring chances and only one shot on goal.
On the eventual game-winner, Ackerman slipped left, where she got a rebounded pass from Andrea Ferguson. Sisson came on to challenge for the ball and Ackerman got just enough on a curling shot to break open the scoreless game.
“That was what we needed, but we’ve got so many seniors on this team, and they remembered the first-round loss last year,” Griffiths said.
Keller had 14 possessions in the first half and four shots on goal.
Stickney and Allie Harper had perhaps the most realistic chances in the first half, each working quick passes with shots that Sisson snared to keep the game scoreless.
Sisson also broke up two corner kicks in the first half.
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