The Aledo Bearcats celebrated their return to the playoffs in exciting fashion, winning a 2-1 Class 5A bi-district overtime thriller over Fort Worth Arlington Heights at Brewer High School.
Reed Vierling scored the game-winning goal in the extra time. He was assisted by Lane Vidaurri.
"The two of us have talked about stuff like that since he was 6 years old on the sideline watching all of the games," said Aledo coach Derek Vierling of his son's goal. "It was a great game. Heights played awesome."
Aledo (15-6-2) advances to the area round where they will meet Wichita Falls (18-1-5), the No. 14 team in the state by Maxpreps, Friday at a site and time to be determined.
Joaquin Gonzalez scored the Bearcats' first goal in regulation, unassisted.
The Bearcats had reached the playoffs in 13 straight seasons before missing them in 2015. They will try to advance to the third round for the first time since 2011.
LADYCATS HAVE NO TROUBLE ADVANCING
The Aledo Ladycats (17-3-3) made short work of Fort Worth Western Hills in their Class 5A bi-district contest, winning 8-0 at Brewer High School.
Cameron Huddleston led the Aledo attack with four goals.
"Cameron makes everyone on the team better," said Ladycats coach Bryan Johnson. "We have picked up the intensity."
Haley Knesek and Peyton Laughley each scored two goals, while Knesek also had two assists. Brooke Jones and Krista Thrasher also had an assist each.
"We are definitely in playoff mode," said Johnson, whose team has outscored its opponents 74-13.
The Ladycats, ranked 15th in the state by Maxpreps and 17th by the Texas Girls Coaches Association, will face Wichita Falls (15-2-3, No. 16 by Maxpreps). Details of the game were still being decided at press time.
The Ladycats are in the postseason for a 15th consecutive season. They are hoping to advance past area for the first time since 2008.
S.A. CENTRAL ENDS LADY ROOS' SEASON
The Weatherford Lady Kangaroos dropped their Class 6A bidistrict soccer contest to San Angelo Central, 4-0 in Abilene.
The Lady Roos ended the season with a 10-12-2 record. They reached the playoffs for a third straight season.