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Waco’s Kayley Ables (right) battles for possession with Bryan’s Rebecca Adcock (left) in Friday’s game.

Staff photo— Rod Aydelotte

It’s funny how things work out sometimes.

Waco High senior Araceli Martinez’s free kick found the back of the net in the fourth minute of overtime, putting the Lady Lions (20-5-1) up 2-1 and sending her team to the area round on Friday at Waco ISD Stadium.

The eventual game-winner came on the ensuing free kick that sent senior Allison Black to the turf in what appeared to be a shoulder injury. It was Martinez’s sixth free kick goal of the season.

“You know, sometimes with pain and suffering comes glory,” head coach Tim Walker said.

The Martinez goal seemingly overshadowed a very strong performance by goalkeeper Blaine William, allowing only a late second-half, game-tying goal by Rowdie Bright, though stopping the 12 other Viking attempts. Impressive, seeing as she is still a work in progress.

“She’s a new keeper and she has worked very, very hard at it,” Walker said. “Man, you couldn’t have asked for a better night for her to have a standout game.”

William did have defensive help though. A streaking number seven was flying around the field, as Taylor Henderson seemed to be a nuisance to every Viking scoring attempt.

“All I can say is one of her best nights,” Walker said. “ She made game-changing plays multiple times.”

It took an all around team effort Friday night, something that Walker knows he needs to see throughout the playoffs if his girls want to be successful.

“Couldn’t be more proud,” Walker said. “Everyone really stepped up tonight, and it showed.”

Waco High faces Brenham next weekend in the area round.

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