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Dallas Molina scored a first-half goal to make the match interesting, but a pair of Justin Barnett goals proved to be the difference Tuesday night for the Midlothian Panthers in the 5A area championship.

The sophomore scored a goal in each half of 2-1 win on assists by Maycol Reyes and Arron Young to move the Panthers into the third round of the high school soccer playoffs.

Barnett now leads the Panthers with 14 goals on the season, while Reyes recorded his 12th assist and Young his fifth.

After the game, Midlothian head boys' soccer coach Austin Guest said he thought the Panthers could have played better on the pitch but credited Molina for competing with high energy.

"I don't think we played as well as we are capable of playing and Molina came out and played very hard, and kind of took us out of our rhythm a little bit," Guest said. "We didn't really play the game we wanted to play, but we got the job done. When you don't play the way, you want to play and still get the job done it's a good night."

Guest also added that he hopes the Panthers' "real positive" from the match was that they "created a whole lot of chances. The negative is that we didn't finish as many as I felt we should, so maybe we can do a better job of that later this week."

The Panthers, who defeated Burleson Centennial 1-nil in the bi-district round, improved to 17-6-2 on the season with the area championship win and have won five-straight matches.

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Midlothian now faces Dallas Samuell in the 5A Region II quarterfinals. The match is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, April 6 at Panther Stadium in Duncanville.

The Spartans are 9-7-3 on the season and have outscored their opponents 35-32, according to MaxPreps.com. Midlothian, on the other hand, has outscored its opposition 69-30.

The only common opponent between the Panthers and Spartans was Dallas Molina, who defeated Samuell 3-1 on Dec. 29.