Freshmen lead Keller girls soccer past Central

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Keller got goals from three freshmen — Berklee Peters, Rebecca Keane and Cami Froth — to lift the Indians to a 3-0 victory over Keller Central in a Class 5A Region I quarterfinal match Tuesday at Northwest ISD Stadium.

It was the third time Keller (18-4-4) defeated the Chargers this season, and this victory punched its ticket to the Region I tournament this weekend in Midland. The Indians have not surrendered a goal in three playoff matches, outscoring opponents 12-0.

“Our backs, defenders, goalkeeper — we knew if we could play strong defensively, we would give ourselves a chance,” Keller coach Billy Griffiths said.

Ryan Stickney and Gabriella Coleman combined for Keller’s first two good scoring chances. In the 13th minute, Coleman directed Stickney’s cross from the right side onto goal, but Chargers keeper Maddie Kramber dropped to easily make the save.

Six minutes later, Stickney again provided the service for Coleman, who took several touches toward the middle of the field before unleashing a hard right-footed shot, but it went straight at Kramber.

Keller broke through at the half hour mark on a nice individual effort from Peters. She beat two defenders before poking the ball into the right side.. It was the first goal surrendered by Central in the postseason.

The Indians doubled their lead in the 53rd minute. Rebecca Keane’s shot appeared to fool Kramber, who went down to smother it, but only got a piece of it and it slowly dribbled across the line to make it 2-0. Froth added a late insurance goal for Keller in the 75th minute.

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