College Station Girls Soccer Team Shuts Out RobinsonSports Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
By JEFFREY PERKINS Eagle Staff Writer
As it has all year long, the College Station girls soccer team clamped down and won a defensive battle, this time shutting out Robinson 1-0 in the Class 4A area playoffs Friday night at Texas A&M’s Ellis Field.
College Station advances to face District 34-4A winner Lampasas in the sectional round at a time and site to be determined.
The 36-4A champion Lady Cougars have not allowed a goal since the start of district play. They kept their net clean again by keeping possession for most of the game and leaning on stellar play from their back line.
“The defense did a great job,” College Station head coach Stoney Pryor said. “Obviously, shutouts are good, but even minimizing the number of quality chances and keeping the ball back away from our defensive third … they did a great job.”
Robinson, the third seed from 34-4A, also played well defensively, ending a College Station streak of multiple-goal games that began in district play. Robinson senior defender Jessie Jaynes killed off several College Station scoring threats, making hustle plays and cutting off several passes to keep the Lady Cougar offense in check.
“I thought their defensive group was outstanding,” Pryor said. “They did a good job of defending, especially the middle of the field. We tried to use the widths, and they were tough on the inside. Hats off to them.”
Just over six minutes in, the Rockets took possession deep in their own defensive zone, but College Station challenged a Robinson pass, and sophomore Lexi Bullard deflected the ball towards the goal. Robinson couldn’t knock it away, and the Lady Cougars took a 1-0 lead.
College Station nearly extended its lead two minutes before halftime when sophomore Reagan Martin booted a deep shot from the right half of the field. Martin’s shot sailed over the outstretched hands of goalkeeper Sam Delgado, hit the bottom of the crossbar and bounced down in front of the net. Delgado struggled to locate the ball but managed to grab it just before junior midfielder Jaylen Hinckley could knock it in for a two-goal advantage.
Robinson had a couple of scoring chances in the first half. The first came just three minutes into the match when the Rockets’ defense cleared the ball from its defensive zone and Robinson junior Kennedy Miller outran College Station’s defenders on a breakaway. The pass went slightly long, though, and College Station goalkeeper Christina Hendershot smothered the ball before Miller could get to it.
Hendershot also made a save seven minutes before halftime on a free kick from Robinson’s Aubrie Jurek. The ball nearly got away from her, but the junior fell on it before the Rockets could get to the rebound.
Neither team mustered much offense after halftime, though the Lady Cougars maintained possession on the Rockets’ half of the field for most of the second half.
Robinson mounted one late charge and pushed the ball into College Station territory but couldn’t get off a clean shot.
“It’s great for us to have to battle like that and continue to press in tight circumstances,” Pryor said. “Finishing opportunities is the key thing. As you get further along [in the playoffs], the number of opportunities is much smaller, so you’ve got to capitalize when you get them.”
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