Arlington Heights slips past Southwest in shootout

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After neither team could score in regulation, Duncan Curtis produced the only save of the shootout to lift Fort Worth Arlington Heights to a 1-0 victory Wednesday over Fort Worth Southwest.

The teams entered the match tied for second place in District 14-4A at 5-3, with Southwest having won the previous meeting 1-0. The Yellow Jackets can secure the district’s second seed with a victory or a draw in their final district game against Diamond Hill-Jarvis on Tuesday.

Neither team could gain an advantage in the first half. The first scoring opportunity came 18 minutes in, when Daniel Lugo unleashed a bending shot from about 25 yards away that may have been wide all along, but was fended off by Curtis.

Seven minutes later, Aries Vazquez took a shot from 30 yards that Southwest goalkeeper Christian Vargas was able to deflect off the left post.

“We got off to a slow start,” Heights coach Chad Whitt said. “We didn’t play well, but Southwest is a good team.”

Southwest threatened several times in the second half. In the 56th minute, Osbaldo Rodriguez put a head to Rhys Ewing’s corner kick, but it couldn’t get through traffic on goal. A minute later, Rodriguez played a nice pass behind the Heights’ defense that Kenny Turner ran onto, but Curtis came out and managed to get enough of the ball to send it wide.

Curtis then helped himself by making the first attempt of the shootout, which Heights won 5-3. Southwest made its first three attempts before Curtis made the crucial stop. Solomon Santana put away the game-winning kick.

“Our goalie [Curtis] is probably the goalie of the year in our district and so anytime we tie and go into a shootout, he’s our main guy,” Whitt said.

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