WICHITA FALLS — The Trophy Club Nelson girls would be undefeated this season except for Denton Guyer.
The Bobcats earned a third chance at their District 11-4A rival Saturday and this one was for a return trip to the state tournament.
But Guyer came out on top once again as Brittany Crabtree scored two goals to lead the Wildcats to the Class 4A Region I title with a 3-0 victory at Memorial Stadium.
Nelson (27-3-1) fought Guyer to a scoreless draw in the first half and had more goal-scoring opportunities, including two corner kicks.
But it was the Wildcats (26-1) who converted set pieces as Hannah Alspach served up corner kicks for goals to Crabtree in the 43rd minute and Telia Young in the 73rd minute. In between, Crabtree scored her second of the match and 37th of the season when she hit a ball through the keeper in the 55th minute.
“I think they had momentum the first half and we came out and got our goal, that’s what we had to do,” Guyer coach Kenny Blevins said.
“They have two very good forwards [Crabtree and Alspach] that you always have to be aware of,” Nelson coach Philip Salyer said. “We’ve seen them three times and knew they’d be the team here. You have to give them credit for finding a way to score whether it was a corner kick or getting that shot off.”
Nelson was a state finalist last year, but this time it’s Guyer, which won the district meetings 4-1 and 2-1, making its first trip to state.
“I thought we played them well,” Salyer said. “Our game plan was good, and we had chances in the beginning and were unlucky not to get one in the first half.
“Then they got one, which unfortunately was on a set piece, and then the second one was not a worthy goal. It’s hard to be down two against them.”
Nelson nearly made the final 15 minutes more interesting when the ball was played through to Marchelle Davis, who worked past a defender and got off a shot with some angle, but Guyer’s Mikayla Renfroe saved it to keep the match at 2-0.
Salyer was proud of the way his team competed even as he had to console them after the loss.
“This team is a great group, they work hard and they enjoy playing together,” Salyer said. “They’re upset now because they like playing together. Club is different, you show up from all different schools and you play. They really take this hard. These seniors are special, and they wanted another shot at state. It’s hard to go out.
“Hopefully we’ll be back here again [to regionals] to be playing in the same game. We’re grateful for the chance and I think our girls left it all on the field.”
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