Most of what needs to be known about Friday’s girls Class 5A bi-district matchup between Southlake Carroll and Arlington Lamar happened in the first 17 seconds of the game.
Carroll’s Payton Gruenewold got a quick steal, dribbled about 10 yards up the field, then centered a pass to Grace Cory, who shot straight through the Lamar defense, striking a goal into the top right corner of the net for the only lead Carroll needed.
The Dragons cruised to a 5-0 win over Lamar at the Birdville Fine Arts/Athletics Complex. Carroll will play the El Paso Socorro-Odessa winner in next week’s area round.
Cory pressured the Lamar defense for the first 10 minutes, getting off two more shots after her 24th goal of the season.
She added an assist around the 25-minute mark of the first half, maneuvering around two defenders at midfield and trickling right to Allie Lune.
The latter had an open look and fired into the top left of the net to give Carroll a 2-0 lead.
A header from Natasha Santamaria gave Carroll (20-1-1) a comfortable 3-0 lead heading into halftime.
Cory and Luna both added goals in the second half.
Carroll’s defense stifled the Vikings (11-11-1) most of the night. Lamar’s best chance at a goal was hardly one at all.
In the first half, Jordan White created space along the left side, giving her a small window at a shot. But a Carroll defender closed quickly, forcing White’s attempt to sail high and wide left.