RED OAK — The future for the Ellis County girls' soccer — especially at Midlothian, Red Oak and Waxahachie High Schools — isn't just bright. It's downright dangerous.
The Lady Hawks used goals from two different players to beat Midlothian 2-1 and hold off a late Lady Panther surge Tuesday night at MHS Turf Field.
With the win, Red Oak (14-4-1, 10-2-1) continued its three-game win streak.
Little more than a week ago, sophomores Madison Humphrey, Makayla Rushing, Brooke Scott, Ashlyn Sykora and Zoie Shaw battered the doors of the Mansfield Summit High School Lady Jaguar defense and then kicked — almost literally — them down. The Lady Hawks' youth helped right the Red Oak Ship and kept it in the sailing toward a District 10-5A title.
While Rushing (2), Humphrey (1) and Shaw (1) found angles for well-timed shots and places for bullet kicks to the back of the net, Brooke Scott and Sykora served their teammates like a starving man at a banquet feast. They followed the win against the Lady Jaguars with an 8-0 dismantling of Lancaster High School highlighted by eight different goal scorers — including newly-minted Randall University signee Alli Aydelott and Tyler Junior College commit Victoria Garza.
A week later Head Coach Sid Danner and Midlothian's Lady Panthers nearly trumped youthful exuberance with time- and battle-tested experience.
The (11-9, 7-6) Lady Panther defense — from sophomore Ashley Omehe to senior captains Brooke Boisvert and Brooke Greeson — nearly stifled the Red Oak offense. They helped limit an offense that scored 25 goals in its last five games to back-of-the-net kicks by Humphrey and junior Samantha De La Rosa on dual assists from Samantha Morgan.
It didn't hurt having the experience of 16 seniors on the Midlothian roster, either.
The back end of Red Oak's defense was as good, if not better, however. Bolstered by Ashlynn Pritchett's two saves, the Lady Hawks limited Midlothian to a single Sky Reynolds' goal.
Pritchett, a senior, had posted or helped post shutouts in four of her last five games in net. She has a 13-4-1 record as the Lady Hawks' primary goalkeeper and has 72 saves and only 12 goals against.
Reynold's goal was only the seventh she's allowed during the District 10-5A schedule.
While Red Oak looks to avenge a six-goal Feb. 24 loss to Mansfield Legacy High School at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Billy Goodloe Stadium, Midlothian will seek to enter the postseason with a winning trend. They will face a Lancaster High School team that's winless in district and allowed 45 goals in five games (9 gpg).
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