Longview girls eliminated from soccer playoffs by Allen in shootout
April 4, 2014 at 11 p.m.
FORNEY - After 100 minutes of scoreless action, Longview and Allen had to go to penalty kicks to decide which team would advance in the girls' soccer playoffs.
Allen made all three of its penalty kick attempts, and Longview was able to connect on just one of its four tries as Allen escaped with a 1-0 victory over the Lady Lobos in area round action Friday night at City Bank Stadium.
"It was a hard fought game," Longview head coach Ron Bellamy said. "I'm very proud of the girls. We had a great season. We hate to end it this way, but that's how the playoffs are. Every team is going to end with a loss except one."
Longview opened the penalty kicks and missed the first two chances. Allen responded with makes from Caroline Kemme and Peyton Robertson. Lauren Hall then made one to the right for the Lady Lobos to cut it to 2-1, but Allen's Genesis Turman connected to put the pressure on Longview.
Callie Anderson replaced Taylor Plate in goal for Longview's fourth opportunity, and she stopped Michelle Butron's attempt to end the contest.
Allen had several opportunities to score in the first half, taking eight shots on goal – six in the first 12 minutes. Fortunately for Longview, goalkeeper Jakayla Anthony was able to keep the Lady Eagles off the scoreboard.
The Lady Lobos' only shot on goal in the first half came in the eighth minute when Molly Warren, who scored the lone goal in the playoff win over Garland, missed on a header on a long throw-in from Kaitlyn Adams. Longview also was held without a corner kick in the opening 40 minutes.
"In the first half, Allen controlled the action," Bellamy said. "I thought we played with a lot more intensity in the second half. We had three or four great opportunities. There was one time I thought we were going to score, but we blocked our own shot."
Longview held Allen to just three shots in the second half. Marissa Kinsey, Morgan Cherry, Chloe Fowler and Kemme were the primary attackers for the Lady Eagles.
Longview's defenders, notably Adams, Rhejanne Durrant and Felica Ellison, did a good job of making it difficult for Allen to find the net.
Neither team attempted a shot or a corner kick in the first overtime period, but Allen was able to get three chances in the final overtime period, including two shots in a 20-second span by Cherry.
Adams had a long throw-in go into the box with 35 seconds left in the second overtime period, but Allen was able to knock the ball downfield to force penalty kicks.
Allen (13-5-6) advances to face Plano West, a 9-1 winner over Rockwall. Longview ends the season with a 13-8-2 record.
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