By Pat Turner
After beginning round one of the playoffs on a winning note, Jay’s boys are advancing, along with Clark’s girls and Harlan’s boys and girls.
Round two begins this week with District 28-6A champion Jay (16-2-5) going to Austin Lake Travis. Clark (19-2-2), which zipped through 28-6A with an 18-0-0 record, faces Lake Travis at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Farris Stadium.
In 5A, Harlan’s boys (18-3) play Kerrville-Tivy at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Boerne. The girls’ team (19-1-2) takes on Dripping Springs.
Jay won its 28-6A title on the final day of the season with a 2-1 win over Marshall after getting the edge on penalty kicks.
Going through two overtime periods and then having to come through in the clutch in the penalty kick segment benefitted Jay greatly, because that was the situation the Mustangs encountered in a 2-1 win over MacArthur.
The Mustangs got a goal from Jonathan Palomino in regulation, but the Brahmas also found the net, forcing the match to be extended.
Clark’s girls avoided going into overtime by charging to a 4-0 win over Churchill.
The Cougars gained a 1-0 lead in the first half on a goal from Sara Steffen before breaking through in the final 40 minutes on scores by Lauren Nylund, Emma Nylund and Taylor Tommack, who also delivered two assists.
Harlan’s boys (14-8-3), making the playoffs during its varsity debut, battled Brackenridge through a 0-0 tie in regulation and two overtime periods, before pulling out a 1-0 win after getting the advantage on penalty kicks.
Harlan’s girls (19-1-2) made their presence felt loudly and clearly by cruising to an 8-0 win over Burbank.
A swift defense and balanced scoring attack benefitted the Hawks. Ava McKay kicked in three goals, while Jadyn Conlin and Kalista Kuchka scored twice. Brissa Rivera added a goal.
Other District 28-6A teams weren’t as fortunate.
In the boys, Marshall (15-5-5) dropped a 4-0 decision to Reagan.
The Rams stayed within reach of the Rattlers the first half, thanks to a pesky defense headed by Mario Montelongo, Efren Duarte. Ahmed Jzee and Abdul Elsaid.
Reagan slipped a goal through at the 17:18 mark and held off a couple threats by Marshall to go into halftime with a 1-0 lead.
Reagan, however, used its quickness to rev up the offense in the second half to punch in three goals.
District 27-6A champion LEE downed O’Connor, 3-0, and Johnson pulled out a 1-0 victory over Warren.
The Broncos (16-4-3), hindered by injuries much of the season, got an early 1-0 lead after striking with 33:25 showing in the first half on Alexia Murillo’s free kick that bounced off a LEE defender.
Brandeis’ defense foiled two LEE scoring attempts on stops by Megan Gomez-Leon, Margaret Wirebaugh, Kelli Diaz and Avery Chaney.
However, the Volunteers, earning their first playoff win since 1989, were just as stingy with their defensive tactics.
With 19:28 on the clock, LEE’s offense got a lift when Kameron Kloza delivered the tying goal.
Kloza came through for LEE again in the second half by booming in two goals, the final coming in the 78th minute for a 3-1 advantage.
Brandeis quickly countered with a goal from Mia Salas in the final seconds, but LEE held for the victory.
In other matches, Reagan topped O’Connor, 2-1, and Johnson registered a 2-1win over Taft.
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