The Timber Creek and Keller girls soccer teams advanced into the area round playoffs this week following first-round wins.Keller (19-5-3) beat Fort Worth Paschal while Timber Creek handed Arlington a 2-1 loss.This week, Keller will likely play on Friday against El Paso Socorro at a location to be decided early in the week.Timber Creek will play San Angelo Central at Shotwell Stadium in Abilene at either 2 p.m. or 4 p.m. on Friday.The win over Paschal was made possible with goals by Missy Ackerman and Amanda Stickney against an otherwise defensive-minded team. Keller scored both goals in the second half.“We knew that we’d have to put a lot of pressure on them and that over time, we might get one,” Keller head coach Billy Griffiths said of Paschal. “And then we got a second one after we kept a lot of pressure on them. We just had to get forward as much as we could. We wanted to break them down, and luckily it worked for us.”Griffiths was already looking ahead to the Socorro game but admitted that as of Sunday evening, he hadn’t been able to garner much intelligence on the El Paso team.“We may be going out there blind, but I hope to find some similar opponents or other information on them,” Griffiths said.Keller won’t take their next playoff round for granted after bowing out after the first round last year.“We’re excited for the next round,” Griffiths said. “After getting knocked out in the first round and having a lot of seniors this year we’ll use what we learned last year and see if we can go a little further,” Griffiths added.Timber Creek (16-7-2) had a bit more tedious situation on their hands last week.About halfway into the first half, Timber Creek gave up a goal to the Lady Colts.Kali Asher scored the Lady Falcons’ first goal to tie the game with Arlington with just five minutes remaining in the game.Not long afterward, Asher went head-to-head with an Arlington player and came away with deep gash in her forehead.“We had to take her off the field,” said Timber Creek head coach Mike King.“The trainer Steri-stitched her and changed her jersey due to the blood,” King recounted.Asher came back into the game and got the game winner with just 1:35 left to play.King said that Asher needed seven stitches to close the wound but admitted that Asher “would have played another 80 minutes if she needed to.”Playing for the first time in Class 5A, King has been pleased with the play of the team.“I’m extremely pleased how we played with a little time off and playing in our first 5A playoff game,” King said.In scouting San Angelo Central, King said they got off to a 1-5 start and have been undefeated since, reeling off 12 straight wins.“They are a physical team and well-organized and disciplined,” King said of SA Central.“But we have mentally tough kids,” he said of the Falcons’ resilience. “It’s the way the program is set up to be,” King said of the Timber Creek objectives. “We have mentally strong, self-sufficient young girls,” he said.In the other Keller ISD playoff game, Central lost a tough matchup with Arlington Martin, 1-0.Central had two solid chances to win, but was unable to convert on the opportunities.