By Pat Turner
Clark’s girls’ and Jay’s boys’ magical soccer seasons came to an end in 2-1 round two playoff losses to Austin Lake Travis.
Clark (19-3-2), which galloped to the District 28-6A championship with an 18-0-0 mark, battled Lake Travis to a 1-1 tie in regulation and two overtime periods before falling short in penalty kicks, 5-4.
The Cougars, who relied heavily on aggressive defensive play and a balanced offense throughout the season, turned in another quality performance. However, they never found their scoring spark against the Cavaliers.
Lake Travis slipped a goal past the Cougars on a header with 28:48 remaining in the first half, but Sarah Steffen, Taylor Tommack, Emma Nylund, Andrea Santos, Megan Klenke, Grace Gibson, Jessica Quinn, Lauren Nylund and Hailey Adams kept additional threats to a minimum.
In the meantime, Clark was knocking on Lake Travis’ door constantly, but misfires and stops by the Cavaliers killed the opportunities.
In the long run, the match came down to penalty kicks.
Clark and Lake Travis were tied at 4-4 with the Cougars getting their goals from Tommack, Lauren Nylund, Santos and Ashlyn Theriot.
When it came down to sudden death, Lake Travis got the advantage with a goal from Lana Dokic.
Jay (16-3-5) entered the playoffs with momentum after claiming the boys 28-6A crown on the final day of the regular season with a 2-1 win over Marshall.
The Mustangs got the advantage on penalty kicks and did the same in a 2-1 win over MacArthur in the opening round of the playoffs.
Another stout battle occurred against Lake Travis, but this time the Mustangs were unable to pull off the victory.
In 5A action, Harlan’s boys and girls, competing in their first year at the varsity level, dropped their second-round matches.