BRYAN — Fabiola Gomez could not connect on a her shot attempt. It turned into the perfect pass.
Her Bryan Lady Vikings teammate, Rowdie Bright ran onto the ball and scored with 29:48 left in the first half.
In a solid defensive match, the scored held up for a 1-0 Bryan win over Waco High in 5A girls’ bi-district soccer Thursday at Merrill Green Stadium.
With the win, the Lady Vikings (12-8-3), who finished fourth in 18-5A, move into the area round to play Tomball Memorial. 17-3A champion Waco’s season ended with a 19-4 record
Sarah Payan’s run on the left side and good cross made the scoring play possible.
Bryan had three more chances to add to its lead in the opening half. Ryka Shea moved left to find an open spot for a long shot directly in front of the goal. Her shot attempt curved left.
The other two were near-misses. With under eight minutes left until halftime, Taylor Jones had a long, low cross to the back post but Ester Fonseca just missed punching the ball inside the post.
Jones had provided an outstanding setup for Bright with 5:30 left in half. Bright attempted to volley into an open net but her shot was high.
The play of Waco High’s Kayley Ables kept the Lady Lions in contention. She made long runs throughout the match and had a a chance to score at 18:30 of the second half on low-hopping free kick, but Budzisz made the save.
“We just didn’t piece together some of the things we had planned,” Lady Lions’ coach Tim Walker said. “We didn’t finish well, and we didn’t win 50-50s most of the second half. You’ve got to win 50-50s.”
The Lady Lions’ next best shot cam with 3:40 left, when Melissa GonZalez tried a long looping shot that failed to connnect.
The match was stopped at 35:04 of the opening half when Griselda Melendez took a shot off the face and had to leave the game for the Lady Lions. She did return later in match.
Waco High had an early corner kick that got to the foot of Ables high in front, but he shot atdtempt was well high.
BRYAN – Waco High’s boys soccer team two-stepped into the next round of the playoffs, turning back Conroe Caney Creek, 2-1, in the Class 5A bi-district playoffs Wednesday at Merrill Green Stadium.
Super Centex standout Jorge Cerillo found the net for the Lions (16-2-0) with 15 minutes left before halftime to put his team on the board. Then with 20 minutes left in the game, Eric Quiroga produced the difference-maker, giving the Lions a lead they would not relinquish.
Waco High will move on to play Waller in Bryan on April 1 at 5:30 p.m.