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Lady Wildcats slip past Klein Oak in area round via Peschel’s penalty kick

April 4, 2019

In spite of finishing as back-two-back undefeated district champs, the Lady Wildcats and head coach Amy Trocquet knew very well that the playoffs are a new season, where anything can happen.

In the meantime, District 15-6A was great for head coach Becky Cobb and the Lady Panthers. The competition was high every night they stepped on the field, which helped them prepare going into postseason.

Goalkeeper Kelly Hines had over half a dozen saves and Bailey Peschel scored the winning goal with a penalty kick late in the game as Cy Woods beat Klein Oak 1-0 in the Class 6A Region II area round, Tuesday afternoon, at Tomball High School.

“It was definitely exciting,” the six-year head coach Trocquet said. “Especially the second half, always gets fun when it gets physical, just glad we came out on top.”

With eight minutes left, the referee called a tripping foul against Klein Oak inside the box, giving Cy Woods an golden opportunity via a penalty kick. Peschel made it 1-0 with a strike to the bottom right corner.

“That’s the game of soccer,” Trocquet said. “We may not have had as many shots as them but we created a lot of opportunities, and we capitalized on the good ones.”

Most of Hines’ saves came in the second half, some of which had her pinned down one-on-one against the opposing player.

“She’s always huge for us, especially when we get into playoffs,” Trocquet said. “She always comes up with big saves and we definitely count on her.”

Cy Woods (25-1, 16-0) advances to the regional quarterfinals and are the lone survivors of CFISD from the girls bracket alongside the Langham Creek boys.

The Lady Wildcats lost in the third-round a year ago at the hands of Tompkins 2-0 in overtime. The year before that they made it to the area round.

Klein Oak (14-7-4, 12-2-2) ends the season under 12th year coach Cobb after finishing second in 15-6A behind first-place The Woodlands.

The Lady Panthers looked more dangerous early as they attacked and created more opportunities the first 20 minutes, but Hines made a few saves.

Sydney Cannon got things going for the Lady Panthers in the second half with a strike from just outside the box, which was saved by Hines. A cross from Jessica Davis the right side to Jaycie Silhan was caught by Hines before Silhan had a chance to capitalize.

Shortly after, Jacqueline Barnes’ shot from inside the box sailed high, Vanessa Bart was wide open on the right side of the box, but Hines saved her shot and a Cy Woods defensive mistake then led to another clear shot from inside the box by Barnes but was saved by Hines.

After the goal, Ava Schulte had a chance to tie it but her shot was saved by Hines.

“I got focused,” Hines said. “We just had to keep going, really lucky my team was there. We were all cheering each other on, so it helped a lot.”

Cy Woods will play Vandegrift in the regional quarterfinals, April 5 at 8 p.m., at Bastrop Memorial Stadium. Vandegrift beat Klein 3-2. The Lobos will play Aldine, April 5 at 7 p.m., at Delmar Stadium. Aldine beat Cy Lakes 4-5 in penalty kicks after tying 0-0 in regulation/overtime.

The mindset for Trocquet and the team is clear.

“I think just learning everything that we can from this game and the game before it and just trying to get better each game,” Trocquet said. “We know we did not play a perfect game and there’s definitely things that we need to fix.”

alvaro.montano@chron.com