A shot that just slipped through the hands of senior goalkeeper Sam Isbell at 85:25 in the Salado Lady Eagles semi-final game against the Jasper Lady Dawgs April 13 at Georgetown’s Birkelbach field was enough to give the Lady Dawgs the 1-0 win.
Never mind that Isbell had just saved a shot by Jasper’s forward Julie Carter a half minute before. Or that Isbell had a stellar game with six saves spread throughout the first 90 minutes of play.
The shot came from midfielder Kaitlyn Campos crossing from the right into the left of the goal, crossing the line by about a foot after splitting Isbell’s extended hands. Alivia Richardson made the assist on the play.
Jasper, which was knocked out of the state tournament last year in the semi-final round, took seven shots on the goal, three of them by the very talented Carter, whose sister Yvette served as the Lady Dawgs goalkeeper.
The Lady Eagles had a shot in each of the overtime periods, but could convert neither one. The first came when Salado controlled the ball at the beginning of the second period. At 3:28 left to play in overtime, Reagan Morreale took the last of her three shots in the game on a free kick after Campos fouled senior midfielder Katey Ewton. The shot went over the top of the goal.
Morreale had two shots on goal in the game, both on free kicks. With nine minutes left in regulation, Morale saw her free kick defended by Jasper’s Carter.
Two minutes later, Isbell was the one making the save as she cut back to her left to stop a shot on goal by midfielder Alivia Richardson. Richardson took two shots on goal in the match.
Jasper kept the ball on the Lady Eagles’ side of the field for the majority of the closing minutes of regulation and Isbell made another save at the 78 minute mark on a shot from the wide left by Richardson.
The only other shot on goal for Salado was one taken by forward Annie Ewton.
The Lady Eagles took nine shots during the match. Jasper took 11 shots.
Salado had three corner kicks, but the Jasper defenders were able to kick the ball out of the cluster of players before any threat was made.
Carter had three saves in the match, two in the first period and one in the second.
The Lady Eagles finish the season with a 26-2 record. Jasper improved to 23-3-1 and will face Kennedale in the final on April 14. Kennedale cruised past Kilgore 6-0 and brings a 26-2 record and last year’s title into the game.
Kennedale scored five goals in the first period and one in the second. The girls took 26 shots and 13 shots on goal. Kilgore was held to one shot the entire match.
Erika McIntyre scored two goals. Alexis Thornton, Abigail Olmos, Bailey Crowely and Alondra Olmos each scored a goal.