High School Sports

Kennedale girls soccer goes overtime with Lake Ridge

Maybe Kennedale just needed time to think about it.

The Wildcats and Mansfield Lake Ridge labored for 80 minutes of regulation with a 94-minute rain delay in between, only to finish scoreless. Then less than a minute into overtime, Alondra Olmos found an open goal for a tap-in score.

Three minutes later, Abby Key put one in the back of the net, as Kennedale held off the Eagles for a 2-1 win in the Class 4A Region I sectionals at R.L. Anderson Stadium.

Kennedale (20-5-1) will play the winner of Friday night’s game between Trophy Club Nelson and Birdville.

Thursday’s game was scheduled to start at 6 p.m. but was delayed to around 6:40 p.m. due to bad weather. After more than 30 minutes of play, more storms rolled into Mansfield, delaying the game for more than an hour and a half. Just before 9 p.m., the teams returned to the field with 9:28 left in the first half and the score 0-0.

They could’ve just skipped to overtime at that point. Goalkeepers for both teams — Skylar Crowley for Kennedale and Brooke Lampe for Lake Ridge — had answers for every shot.

Eryn Harrington had a strong shot from the right side in the 57th minute, but Crowley dove for the stop. Meanwhile, Lampe swatted and saved anything coming her way, stopping a short header and then winning a one-on-one situation with Olmos with less than 5 minutes left.

But Kennedale’s pressure finally broke through in the overtime. A cluster of Wildcats had a look on the goal before Lampe let the ball slip behind her briefly, giving Olmos a window for the go-ahead score.

Ashton Peeks scored for Lake Ridge (19-5-1) in the 98th minute. Lake Ridge handed Kennedale a 3-0 loss in January tournament play.

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