By Butch Hart
Westlake Picayune Contributing Writer
ROUND ROCK – Wins are now at a premium for the undefeated Westlake girls soccer team, and the No. 2 Chaparrals got a reminding jolt of that fact in a 1-0 wind-blown bi-district playoff win over McNeil Thursday night.
The Chaps have played only one match all season that was decided by just one goal – the recent 1-0 nondistrict win over Dripping Springs March 8. Other than that, Westlake has won by two goals four times this season with the rest of its victories coming by three – or usually more – goals this season.
In their Class 5A girls bi-district playoff match Thursday, the Chaps pounded shot after shot, missing high then wide and off the post as the McNeil defenders staged a spirited defense for the first 32:38 match at Dragon Stadium.
The state’s second-ranked Chaps (25-0-0) controlled the ball most of the first half, but Westlake was unable to convert a scoring opportunity until there was 7:22 left in the first half.
Christy Goldberg hurled a throw-in from the side in front of the McNeil goal, and the ball caromed off three defenders and two Chaps before Kendall Ritchie notched her 12th goal of the season on a redirected kick into the goal.
“Records don’t matter, the season starts over with every team on the same level in playoffs ,” Westlake girls soccer coach Rennie Rebe said. “McNeil is a strong opponent and they played well.”
McNeil qualified for playoffs with a dramatic 1-0 win over district champion Cedar Ridge on the final match of regular season but the Mavericks were unable to mount an offense against the Chaps.
Senior goalkeeper Cassidy Hansen was superb in the net with 11 saves in a stellar performance.
“I am so proud of my girls, they overcame huge obstacles and got into playoffs by beating first place Cedar Ridge then really played well against a great team like Westlake” said McNeil coach Allie Hampton.
Westlake will now play Klein in the area round of the playoffs, set for 6 p.m. Friday at Cub Stadium in Brenham.
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