SOUTHLAKE — The Southlake Carroll Dragons, behind two goals from Meghan Murphy, cruised to a 4-0 win against Keller Timber Creek in a Class 5A regional quarterfinal match Tuesday at Dragon Stadium.
Carroll (26-2-0) meets Hebron in Friday’s regional semifinal in Midland.
“We are playing really well right now,” Carroll coach Matt Colvin said. “We are a possession-oriented team, and we want to be aggressive that way. We were doing lots of things well tonight.”
Murphy’s action was almost unstoppable. She gave Carroll a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute after sidestepping a defender. Murphy then fired a shot past Timber Creek goalkeeper Christina Hayden into the left corner of the net.
“It was totally ad-libbed,” Murphy said. “It was not even something I work on; I was just able to stop the ball and she slid by. After that I just saw open field and net and tried to get a good shot.”
After Grace Cory knocked in a rebound in the eighth minute, Murphy went to work again.
She spotted up on the left side of the field and got a nice feeding pass from Payton Gruenewald for another quick strike into the right corner of the net.
Timber Creek (17-8-3) never got an offensive rhythm on track, and Hayden was forced to stay vigilant at the net.
She had seven saves of 10 shots on goal in the first half, none more spectacular then late in the half when she kept Murphy from a hat trick on a nifty dive and catch to the left side of the net.
Carroll maintained possession for much of the night as Timber Creek had only three sustained possessions in the first half.
Carroll added an insurance goal in the 44th minute when Nicole Sloan worked a Sophie Groff fake for an easy chip-in.
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