If you want to know about a soccer team’s mettle, look no further than who is anchoring the box.For Grapevine, most of the time that’s junior goalkeeper Taylor Braun. Her competitiveness and moxie carried the Lady Mustangs to a 5-3 Class 5A bi-district playoff win at Flower Mound last Friday.A goofy set of circumstances allowed the Lady Jaguars to produce the equalizing 1-1 goal with three minutes to play in regulation. Dejected, Grapevine had to grind through the two 10-minute overtime periods before the sudden-death penalty kicks began.Braun was ready. She made two saves and nearly produced a third as the Lady Mustangs (18-4-4) won the shootout, 4-2, and survived and advanced. In most soccer leagues, the penalty kick winner wins 1-0. However, the University Interscholastic League counts all PK goals as goals, Grapevine coach Ryan Davis said.Grapevine faces Midlothian in the area round at 6 p.m. Friday at Carroll’s Dragon Stadium.Grapevine has routinely rehearsed these moments throughout the season so the players will be used to them and not become emotionally rattled. With Braun, Davis doesn’t have to say much. He knows she will bring a steely mentality to those five attempts. Plus, she better guess right in knowing way the ball is coming toward the goal.“It sounds cliché, but I want her to be bigger than the shooter,” Davis said. “I don’t want her to be intimidated. She kind of throws her own wrinkle into that situation. She’ll hand the ball to the shooter and pretty much stare her down before she makes her attempt. It’s kind of what you see at the pro level.“It’s definitely all mental. Taylor does a good job of reading how they are going to open their hips to see where the ball is coming. The shooter really has to be deceptive. In each of the attempts against Flower Mound, she had them all right. One of the two goals went right off her fingers. It was a tough break.”Braun, who is considered one of the best keepers in the area, will have a future after high school. She has given a verbal commitment to Kentucky.Streak carries into 2014; now reliefWith their 2-0 victory over Irving Nimitz on March 26, the Lady Mustangs wrapped up a perfect 14-0 record in District 6-5A and extended their unbeaten streak to 36 dating back to 2011. For, now that record is on hold until January 2014 when the district season starts again.Of course, the win over Flower Mound took an emotional toll. Some teams can have great regular seasons and struggle and lose in the first round of the playoffs. Grapevine had some difficult odds against Flower Mound. While the Lady Jaguars finished fourth, they did have wins over District 5-5A champion Flower Mound Marcus and second-place Hebron.“No question, winning that first one is tough, especially when we have to travel over there,” Davis said. “There were some tense moments in the end. But tactically, I think we executed very well. That’s what won the game for us.”Colleyville Heritage’s season overThe Lady Panthers (8-9-7, 7-3-4 in 6-5A) finished third but lost in their playoff opener to Hebron, 1-0.Still, coach Misail Tsapos knows he can take a lot of pride with a team that started out very slowly and had won only one game before the district season started.