The Red Oak Hawks (14-5) struggled early in the contest, but made adjustments to defeat the Seagoville Dragons (10-5) by a 2-1 margin in the bi-district round of the playoffs.
The first 10 minutes of the game belonged to Seagoville as the Dragons got off four shots on goal before Red Oak took its initial shot. Then Seagoville had three more tries before Red Oak could mount another attack.
But, Ethan Wood, in goal for the Mighty Hawks, was there to handle the flood of shots.
The senior goal keeper, along with defenders Jose Tellez, Ricky Tellez, David Harrington and Gustavo Sanchez, earned the shutout with 13 stops in the first half alone.
In the 24th minute, Franco Valdez sent a pass up top for Clayton Stanford. Stanford then sent a hard shot into the net for the first goal of the game.
“Seagoville opened with good play in the middle,” Red Oak coach Trent Kutch said. “They had a different formation than we had seen and we didn’t pick the players up (defensively). I told my players to be patient and when we were the opportunities came. That (patience) was the key to the game once we finally settled in.”
Seagoville tied the score in the 33rd minute when Daniel Estrada’s shot found the back of the net.
Red Oak was denied a goal in the 36th minute when senior midfielder Adam Pierce got free to receive a long pass to the top of the penalty box. He deftly sent the ball into the net, only to have the referree call offsides to the disbelief of the Hawk home crowd.
The winning goal came in the 63rd minute when Stanford sent a pass from the right corner to Valdez for the quick shot into the left side of the net.
With the victory Red Oak advances to play Midlothian at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Duncanville Panther Stadium.
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