NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — The Flower Mound Marcus girls soccer team used the deep ball with effectiveness early, and later showed off its short game to defeat Mansfield 4-0 on Tuesday night.
The Marauders scored twice from long range in the first half and added a pair of close-range goals in the second to lead the victory in a Class 5A regional quarterfinal game at Birdville Fine Arts/Athletic Complex.
Marcus (22-3-1) advances to take on Arlington Martin or Keller in the regional semifinals Friday.
“They are a really organized team. But we have a lot of attacking players, and it’s hard to contain all of them,” Marcus coach Chad Hobbs said. “Our game plan was basically to spread them out, see if we could isolate them, and I think we were able to do that.”
Marcus senior defender Alexsis Cable opened the scoring midway through the first half on a shot from 35 yards out. The Marauders added to their advantage when junior midfielder Jamie Pugh blasted a shot into the bottom right corner of the net from 40 yards away with 1:26 left in the half.
Pugh’s goal was set up by an earlier shot that forced the Mansfield goalkeeper to make a diving save attempt. Sophomore midfielder Dani Murphy kept the Tigers (22-4-0) from clearing the ball and she fed it to Pugh for a 2-0 lead.
“I had noticed that their goalie was out and just tried to chip it in … and it went in the goal,” Pugh said. “It was great momentum, but we didn’t want to let up in the second half because we knew they had the wind. So we came out just like it was 0-0, and we were able to put two more on them.”
Senior forward Katelyn Mountjoy scored in the 49th minute for Marcus after outrunning a defender to the left side of the goal and tapping in a low shot. Senior midfielder M.J. Eckart capped the scoring with 14:11 remaining on a penalty kick into the lower right corner of the net.
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