Cinco Ranch’s Sophie Green headed the ball into the goal off a corner kick with 3:54 to go in the second overtime period to give the Cougars a 3-2 win over Clements in girls soccer last Friday at Mercer Stadium.
“Everyone on our team was trying to get to the ball and it was just bouncing around off all of us. I just knew I had to throw my body into it and score that goal. These girls have worked so hard, I could not let them down,” Green said.
Clements had a strong start to the match by scoring a goal just 54 seconds into the match, as Lauren Hermosa scored from 25 yards out to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead.
Cinco Ranch evened the score at 1 when Abby McCain scored with 32:20 to go in the first half. Cinco Ranch had the benefit of a strong wind at their back in the first half and controlled the ball for about 70 percent of the half but were unable to score again. The Cougars best chance came with 10 seconds to go in the half when McCain had a break-away but was stopped by Clements’ goal keeper Kristina Burgos, keeping the score 1-1 at halftime.
In the second half, Clements again took the lead as Yan Chung Cheung survived a scrum in front of the net to kick the ball into the goal with 30:45 left in the match. The goal turned the small Clements’ student section into a small but raucous student section for the rest of the match. In spite of the noise, the Clements lead only lasted until McCain scored her second goal of the game with 15:00 minutes to go in the match. Neither team could score for the rest of the second half, and the match went into overtime.
In the first 10-minute overtime period, neither team scored, and the match continued into the second overtime period.
McCain came close to giving the Cougars a lead with 5:23 to go when she hit the post with a shot. Then, with 3:54 to go, Cinco Ranch had a corner kick that ricocheted off several players on each side before it bounced up head high right in front of Green who used her head to score the match winner.
“Clements is an amazingly well coached team. We knew they were a little stronger in the midfield than we were, so we tried to press them. We made a couple of mistakes, but we persevered. I give a lot of credit to our seniors,” Cinco Ranch Coach Jonathan Kauffman said. “For a lot of our girls, this was their first playoff game. We tried to tell them it’s just another game, but it isn’t. Then, Clements’ goal in the first minute was a bit of a shock, but we fought through it and relaxed and played our game.”
Clements ends their season with an 8-6-2 record and a second place finish in District 20 6A.
Ridge Point 1, Katy 0
Tompkins 5, Travis 0
Seven Lakes 4, Elkins 0
Columbia 7, Stafford 0
Bush 3, Morton Ranch 2
Mayde Creek 1,
Ridge Point 0
Tompkins 5, Travis 0
Seven Lakes 3, Clements 0
Stafford 3, Columbia 0