Keller’s best chance at a lead against Hebron might have been the shot that never happened.
Gabriella Coleman made a break for the goal early in Friday afternoon’s Class 5A Region I semifinal, but she slipped as she set up for the shot, missing a chance at a goal.
A few minutes later, Hebron’s Stefani Doyle weaved in and out of traffic with the ball before putting it into the top left side of the goal. It was all Hebron from that point on as the Hawks cruised to a 4-1 victory over Keller at Northwest ISD Stadium.
The loss prevented the Indians (18-5-4) from meeting District 4-5A rival Southlake Carroll in Saturday’s regional championship.
Coleman scored Keller’s lone goal in the 61st minute.
But for most of the game, Hebron (19-2-2) kept the Indians from doing much on offense. In the first half, Keller’s Berkelee Peters found an edge around the right side of the Hawks’ defense, but her shot was deflected wide left.
On the other end of the field, Keller had trouble containing the Hawks once Hebron got more aggressive around the 28th minute. Defender Kendall Klabenes saved a goal at the net, but Hebron responded a minute later when Alanna Castaneda scored from about 30 yards out.
Keller had two shots on goal late in the first half but couldn’t connect, and the Indians trailed 2-0 at halftime.
It was more of the same in the second half.
Castaneda scored her second goal in the 44th minute. Doyle added her second goal in the 53rd minute, going one-on-one with a Keller defender near the goal and striking one into the upper left of the goal.