Cy-Fair advances in playoffs
The Lady Bobcats have been ready and focused for postseason since clinching a playoff spot back in early March.
After beating Westside the previous year by two goals, also in the first-round, the squad was looking to make it back-to-back victories.
At the same time, the Lady Wolves were looking to avenge last year’s loss and make a run of their own.
Ava Drouin scored in the first half, off an assist from Leslie Amador, and Ryan Brotemarkle and Amador scored in the second as Cy-Fair beat Westside 3-0 in the Class 6A Region III bi-district round, Friday evening, at Cy-Fair High School.
Cy-Fair (19-5-1, 13-2-1) will play Ridge Point in the second round on Tuesday at Rhodes Stadium, after the Panthers beat Katy 1-0 on Thursday.
“Good effort by the girls, a lot of pressure, a lot of drive,” 19th-year Cy-Fair head coach Bonnie Jones said. “They just stayed with it, did the best job they can and did a really good job.”
Brotemarkle’s pass attempt via a free kick had Cy-Fair looking to score early, the first of several first-half chances, which finally resulted in Drouin’s late goal.
With just two minutes left until halftime, Amador created a play from the left side of the field and passed it inside to Drouin for the easy score and 1-0 lead.
Brotemarkle made it 2-0 with 20 minutes left in the game when she tapped in the ball inside the box, off a corner kick, after the goalie lost the ball.
Amador made it 3-0 late in the game with a strike from inside the box.
“The three goal scorers are going to continue to score, I hope,” Jones said. “Got a lot of good playmakers up front, good nucleus of the team.”
Westside (10-12-2, 7-3-2) ends the season after placing in the top four in District 18-6A alongside Bellaire, Heights and Lamar.
The Wolves offense picked it up 20 minutes into the game and almost took advantage of a long pass from midfield to inside the box but the ball was caught by the goalie.
In the second half, Bobcat goalkeeper Emily Quintanilla received a concussion after an opposing player ran into her as she was trying to recover a loose ball. Abby Medlin replaced her.
“Unfortunately our goalie is out now, she got a concussion,” Jones said. “Being down with our goalkeeper, that’s definitely going to affect us. But I think they’re going to come together and be stronger because they’re going to want to be consistent and work harder for her, because she’s worked so hard this whole year.”
Shortly after the game resumed, Westside was close to tying the game with an open shot from the left side of the box that hit the top of the post. A few minutes later, after Medlin tried clearing a ball from outside the box, the Wolves had another chance to tie with an empty net but the shot sailed high.
“Actually, I don’t know anything about them,” Jones said. “I haven’t seen them, but we have played Katy.”