Denton High School played host to the regional quarterfinals as the Melissa High School Lady Cardinal Soccer team took on Diamond Hill-Jarvis Monday night.
The Lady Cards were in search of their third straight trip to the regional tournament and simply would not be denied.
Eight minutes in, Gillian Stopinski got the Lady Cards off to the start they were looking for with an early goal. What showed promise simply did not pay dividends as the Lady Cards controlled possession throughout the first half, and had the lone goal to show for their efforts.
After the half, rejuvenated, the Lady Cards turned a close battle on its head. Two minutes into the second frame, Gillian Stopinski tracked a ball down in the corner and laid it off for Kendall Bates. Bates’ shot was saved by the keeper, who spilled the rebound, and Amanda Kocsis was able to pounce on it and put it in the net.
Moments later, Kendall Bates got one of her own. The lead was three and Jarvis was shell shocked.
The Lady Cards continued to control possession, and prevent Jarvis from creating many chances. Late in the half, Kendall Bates stripped the Jarvis midfielder, drove down the flank, and buried an awkward angled shot to make the lead four. Lock down defense sealed the deal, keeping the clean sheet and the 4-0 victory.
The Lady Cards keep their streak alive with a third straight trip to the regional tournament. They will face the winner of Stephenville and Brownwood on Friday.
Contributor: Manuel Avila
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