Trophy Club Nelson girls down Birdville

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Trophy Club Nelson’s 5-1 girls soccer win over Birdville on Friday was extra sweet for senior forward Madison Hall.

Hall transferred to Nelson from Birdville before her junior year, joining the team that had just knocked her former team out of the playoffs in a Class 4A Region I sectional.

“That’s my old school, so it actually feels amazing beating them 5-1 in the third round,” she said.

To add a personal victory to Nelson’s rout of Birdville (21-4-2), Hall scored two goals of her own.

In the second half, on the second corner of the game for Nelson (19-2-5), Hall put the restart cross by forward Jeyci Lopez into the back of the net.

However, it was her second goal of the game that put the cherry on top of a sweet win.

Hall corralled a hard pass 30 yards from Birdville’s goal. She weaved her way through two Birdville defenders before stopping and cutting back into the middle of the field and firing low into the right side of the net.

“She’s a special player,” Nelson coach Philip Salyer said. “She’s a senior and she’s a captain, and she really showed up to play great tonight.”

Hall wasn’t the only Nelson player with a stellar offensive night Friday as midfielder Ansley Bunger scored twice for leads of 1-0 and 2-1.

Bunger trapped a long pass and found a small opening between the Hawks’ keeper and one post.

Her second goal came five minutes later.

Midfielder Olenka Soko put away a rebounded miss by Bunger in the second half. Bunger missed on another later chance at a hat trick.

“I just wanted a hat trick,” Bunger said with a smile. “I think everyone wants a hat trick, especially at this age. It’s hard to get a hat trick.”

Jade Wear scored Birdville’s only goal early in the second half.

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