ARLINGTON – After capturing the District 11-4A title and enjoying a first round bye, the Red Oak Lady Hawks wasted little time getting back to their winning ways.
The Lady Hawks ran away with a 7-2 victory over the Arlington Seguin Lady Cougars in the Region II area round playoff game Monday night at Wilemon Field in Arlington.
“I think we were shaky at first,” coach Laurie Norrell said. “Once we settled down we did what we are good at.”
After a couple quick scares in the opening minutes of the match, the duo of senior forwards Brandi Smith (5 goals) and Lorina Salinas (1 goal) took over for the Lady Hawks.
Norell credits longevity for the chemistry that her two forwards exhibit on the pitch. With two superb options, it was only a matter of time before the Lady Hawks began to score.
Smith and Salinas both had a chance for the game’s first goal as Salinas missed on a header and Smith was unable to beat the Lady Cougars’ goalkeeper on a long ball.
Even though the Lady Hawks were missing on their opportunities, it was evident that the Red Oak had seized the momentum from the opening moments.
The Lady Hawks scored their first goal of the match in the 23rd minute.
Midfielder Amber Franklin sent a perfectly placed through ball, that split two Lady Cougars’ defenders and fell at the feet of Salinas. With one dribble to her right, the senior forward drilled her shot past the Segiun’s goalkeeper for the 1-0 lead.
After Salinas got the ball rolling, Smith picked up where her fellow forward left off. The Lady Hawks leading scorer scored twice in the span of four minutes putting Red Oak up by three goals.
Smith then put in her first goal off a through ball from midfielder Destiny LaRue. The senior forward wouldn’t stop there, as she would put her second goal in minutes later.
The third goal of the game triggered a reaction from the Lady Cougars’ bench due to a foul that wasn’t called which allowed the Lady Hawks opportunity for the third goal.
After Red Oak took a commanding 3-0 lead the game began to unfold in a physical way, with both teams committing numerous fouls.
The Lady Cougars made an attempt to get back in the game as midfielder Clara Markstedt put in the goal for Segiun.
Less than a minute later, midfielder Amber Franklin would counter Markstedt’s goal by knocking in one of her own. Franklin was able to get her goal in by deflecting a shot sent in by Salinas for a 4-1 lead with only a little over a minute remaining in the first half.
The Lady Hawks didn’t lose any of their scoring momentum, as the second half started.
Smith collected a hat trick on the evening, when she was able to score on a point blank shot inside the Lady Cougars’ penalty area.
As the scoring cooled down a bit, the Lady Hawks still controlled the game stringing along several passes and holding the ball on the Lady Cougars’ side of the field for most of the half.
Smith scored her fourth and fifth goals of the game in the bottom part of the second half to give Red Oak a comfortable 7-1 lead.
The Lady Cougars tried to make the score respectable as midfielder Kathy Warner squeaked in a shot to give Seguin its second goal of the game.
With the victory, the Lady Hawks move on to the regional quarterfinal matchup to face the winner of the Midlo-thian/Forney game. Time and location are yet to be determined.
Red Oak 4 3 - 7
Seguin 1 1 - 2
R.O.: Salinas (23), Smith (26, 31, 42, 57, 69), Franklin (39)
Seguin: Markstedt (38’), Warner (74’)
R.O.: Franklin (23), LaRue (26), Stewart (31), Salinas (39, 57, 69)
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