Late Goals The Difference As 13-6A Falls Twice In Region II Semifinals

 

When Friday began, a pair of North Austin area girls soccer teams dreamed about playing each other in Saturday’s UIL 6A Region II final at Round Rock ISD’s Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex. But, by mid-afternoon, neither would get that opportunity. Austin Vandegrift and Round Rock entered with 15 and eight-game win streaks respectively, but their seasons came to an end after a 1-0 loss against Allen and a 1-1 (3-1 loss in penalty kicks) decision against Rockwall-Heath.

The day’s events kicked off with Round Rock (20-4-2) playing Rockwall-Heath (18-2-2). Any home-field advantage was thrown out the window early, as the Hawks scored first on an Ainsley Jeffrey 12th minute goal.

But, the Dragons bounced back. Sydnie Myers’ 48th minute goal got them on the board, and helped force a pair of overtime periods.

Ultimately, the out-of-town team finished what it started. Rockwall-Heath made all three of its penalty kicks, compared to Round Rock’s one-of-four attempts.

“That’s not where we lost the game,” said Round Rock soccer coach Chad Aldrich. “Give credit to Rockwall-Heath. They deserved it. They played a great game. We had a lot of fire. We had opportunities to win it. And the focus point is not today, it’s on the 20-win season. Another great year for the Lady Rock Dragons.”

The second match had less scoring, but had a similar competitive feel. Ultimately, Allen (19-4-2) took the first and only lead against Vandegrift (20-2-4) on an Ashleigh Williams’ 45th minute goal.

“That was a fantastic goal,” said Vandegrift soccer coach Sharis Lachappelle. “We knew going in to the game that [she] was someone that we needed to watch out for.”

Vandegrift had a good opportunity to tie the match late, with Kaya Pehrson’s shot at the goal in the 67th minute, but Allen goalkeeper Jennifer Peters was there for the save.

With Friday’s results, Rockwall-Heath will play Allen in Saturday’s UIL 6A Region II final at the same site. Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m.

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