Rockwall-Heath midfielder Bailey Bacon ended nearly 91 minutes of scoreless soccer with a well-taken individual effort to defeat Robert E. Lee 1-0 Friday in a District 12-5A girls soccer match at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.
Bacon’s goal came in the first minute of the second overtime session. The Lady Raiders spent the remaining nine minutes laying siege to the Heath goal, but couldn’t get one past Hawks keeper Ashton Hierholzer.
With four minutes left to play, Brooke Johnston looked to be about to equalize, but was blocked by Hierholzer, who later denied a volleyed shot from Betsy Arellano with three minutes left.
Hierholzer finished with 10 saves, many denying clear goal-scoring opportunities.
“We were a bit unlucky, I think, but their goalkeeper and their team did a good job,” said Lee coach Chris Woodard. “They did a great job from keeping us from getting a goal throughout the whole game, but especially right there at the end.”
Lee keeper Alyson Johnson was equally stellar, finishing with five saves until Bacon’s game-winning goal, which left her no chance.
It was the district opener for both teams. Lee (7-5, 0-1, 0 pts) is in the unusual spot of being at the bottom of the league standings while Heath (5-6, 1-0, 3 pts) begins tied for first.
Both teams resorted to taking mainly long-range efforts in the first half. With 14 minutes elapsed in the game, Kendall Bullock looked to have beaten Hierholzer with a perfect chip over the Heath keeper, only for it to finish wide of the open net.
Bacon then threatened for Heath, stealing a ball and racing down the end line, but Lee defender Ariel Howells did enough to put Bacon off so she shot wide. Minutes later Bacon was in again, only for her shot to be blocked by Julia Harrison.
The final chance of the half fell to Lee’s Mallory Curtis, who received a cut back pass from Johnston, but her shot flew over the cross bar.
The Lady Raiders best chance in regulation came in the opening minute of the second half. Bullock battled for possession in the box and got off an uncontested a shot, which was blocked away by Hierholzer.
Heath’s Bacon had another shot blocked by Howells as the game went to overtime tied at 0-0.
Johnston created the best chance for either team in the first session when she raced behind the Heath defense, but smashed her shot wide.
The second overtime was barely 30 seconds old when Bacon received a pass, and went toward goal with one Lee defender to beat. She faked once, twice, to clear just enough space to get her effort on goal and into the back of the net.
Lee tried to equalize, but Heath was able to hang on for the 1-0 win.
“Our girls worked hard; we just have to work a little harder and we have to be more opportunistic,” Woodard said. “We are a half a step late on some stuff where we could’ve got some goals earlier in the game and rushed a couple shots. We just need to do a better job of scoring goals.”
Kaba scores twice in 2-0 Red Raiders win at Heath
ROCKWALL — Robert E. Lee senior Lumi Kaba continued to add to an impressive goal tally, scoring twice in the first half as the Red Raiders topped Rockwall-Heath 2-0 Friday in their District 12-5A soccer opener at Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium.
Lee grabbed a 1-0 lead in the early minutes when Eric Munoz slotted a pass behind the Heath defense and Kaba did the rest. His second goal was set up on a pass from Isaias Robles with four minutes remaining.
Kaba now has scored 14 goals on the season.
“It was a great start for us,” said Lee coach Marty Germany. “We played a great possession game and really controlled the pace of the game. We scored the goals we needed to, but we could have had some more and really blown the game open.”
The win raises the Red Raiders overall record to 6-3-1 while also starting 1-0 (3 pts) in District 12-5A while Heath is 6-4-2 and 0-1.
Latson hat trick powers Brook Hill to 5-2 win
BULLARD — Caleb Latson scored a hat trick to lead Brook Hill to a 5-2 win over Irving The Highlands on Friday at Herrington Field.
Kemp Walker also scored two goals for the Guard as the squad improves to 5-3 overall and 2-0 in TAPPS Division III play.
Kyle Regester also registered an assist for Brook Hill.
The Guard returns to play on Tuesday, hosting Dallas Lutheran at 6 p.m.