The Trophy Club Nelson girls soccer team used three second-half goals to move a game closer to a return trip to the state tournament with a 3-0 victory over Fort Worth Arlington Heights on Monday night at Farrington Field.
Heights was able to keep the potent Bobcats in check for the first half, but ultimately last years state finalist asserted itself.
Hats off to them, Nelson coach Philip Salyer said. They worked very hard and made it very difficult for us. I think they were the best team weve faced in the playoffs.
Nelson, which has outscored its four playoff opponents 20-1, will face the winner of Tuesdays Amarillo-El Paso Andress match in the regional semifinals Friday at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls.
The first half was physical as fouls and hard challenges far outnumbered scoring chances. Nelson (26-2-1) managed only four shots on goal to Heights (20-5-2) three. The best of either teams opportunities came near the half-hour mark.
In the 30th minute, Nelsons Lynnsey Brim sent an off-balance strike fading just left of the goal.
Three minutes later, Heights Riley Reynolds broke free on a long goal kick, but her blast sailed left of the target.
Nelson finally broke the deadlock two minutes into the second half. Darla Hyde ran onto Madison Halls long through ball down the right-center of the field and Jackets keeper Christina Romo hesitated slightly. Hyde was able to make a move and poke it into the net for the 1-0 lead.
In the 55th minute, the Bobcats doubled their lead on a set piece. Romo got her hands on Kennedy Dixons glancing header, but couldnt get enough of the ball to keep it out of the goal. Allie Rivers delivered the cross for the assist.
Nelson found the net again in the 69th minute. Brim delivered a corner from the left side that Heights knocked in for an own goal.
Every game from heres going to be tough, so I think this was a good game for us because it was a tough game, Salyer said.
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