DENTON — The Trophy Club Nelson girls soccer teams quest for a return trip to the state final will continue after a 5-0 rout of Lake Dallas in the UIL Class 4A sectionals Thursday at Bronco Field.
The Bobcats (25-2-1) will face Fort Worth Arlington Heights (20-4-2) in the regional quarterfinals 7 p.m. Monday at Farrington Field. Nelson, which lost the 4A state championship to Highland Park in a shootout a season ago, has won six straight and nine of its past 10 matches.
Thursdays result marked the third victory over District 11-4A foe Lake Dallas this season by a combined margin of 10-0.
We knew the team and knew how they play; they play very physical and we expected that, Nelson coach Philip Salyer said. It was overall a good performance; we had stretches where we werent connecting passes as much as we like but you have to feel good about 5-0.
The Bobcats jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute on a one-legged stab in traffic by Lynnsey Brim from 10 yards out on an assist from Nicole Coetzer.
Marchelle Davis padded Nelsons advantage on a header in the 28th minute on a 35-yard setup from Allie Rivers.
The Bobcats dominated the first half, limiting Lake Dallas to only one shot on goal.
The Falcons (19-17-4) responded early in the second half with a flurry of chances, including two in the opening minutes. A header on an excellent cross flew over the crossbar followed by a shot on goal saved by Nelson keeper Bonnie Ruten.
Darla Hydes runout score with 9:56 remaining in the match pushed the lead to 3-0 and opened the floodgates. Two minutes later Jeyci Lopez added another goal from point blank before Hyde took advantage of a defensive breakdown by Lake Dallas to score her second goal of the half with under a minute to play.
It meant a lot to the girls because we knew this was a tough team and theyre a district opponent, Salyer said. Beating a team three times is not easy and Im proud of the girls for fighting the whole game.
Jarret Johnson, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @JohnsonJarret
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