While Covid-19 derailed the UIL State Soccer Playoffs at this time a year ago, five area teams reveled in the opportunity to return to postseason play last weekend.
Both the Manvel Lady Mavericks and Shadow Creek Sharks extended their seasons another round, while the Alvin Lady Yellowjackets, Manvel Mavericks and Shadow Creek Sharks suffered tough first round defeats.
The Lady Mavs rolled to a 5-2 victory in the Class 5A bi-district playoffs over Nederland Thursday at Goose Creek Memorial High School.
Moving their record to 15-6, the No. 12 state-ranked Manvel girls will face Angleton in the area round at a site and time to be determined.
“It was such a devastating blow last year to end our last game during spring break and having already qualifield for the playoffs,” Lady Mavs’ head coach Scott Wilson said following the game. “This season feels like it has been going on forever since August. Some of the kids came back and some of them were virtual.
“They had to do a lot of stuff on their own. The kids sacrificed all season long, showing up at 6 in the morning. Slowly we got back up, though, and had a really good season.”
Nederland jumped to a 1-0 lead in the game’s opening moments, but freshman Kosi Okonkwor and senior Olivia Bibbons erased the early deficit with first-half goals for a 2-1 Manvel lead at intermission.
The Lady Mavs then broke the game open during the second half with Bibbins’ second goal at the 44-minute mark increasing the margin to 3-1. Sophomores Caitlin Roach and Drew Phillips added insurance goals at the 47 and 60-minute marks, respectively.
While Nederland closed within 5-2 late, senior keeper Claudia Solis and the Manvel defense kept the Lady Bulldogs at bay during the final 21 minutes.
Junior Hillary Griffin also delivered a big performance for the Lady Mavs on Friday with three assists and Roach dished out a pair of passes, which led to scores, as well.
The Shadow Creek boys also emerged victorious last weekend, edging Brazoswood, 2-1 in a Class 6A boys’ bi-district thriller Friday at AISD Freedom Field in Iowa Colony.
Mason Smyth pierced the net with only 1:41 left in the contest, converting a cross from Daniel Elhor for the game winning shot. Brazoswood immediately threatened to tie the game again late, but were turned away on a diving save by Sharks’ keeper Ivan Rivera.
Rivera provided eight saves overall in the contest, while the Sharks also received strong defensive performances from Isaiah Castillo, Oscar Morales, Erik Landaverde, Lorenzo Osorio-Ortiz, Griffin Lloyd and Tyler Molis.
Caden Garbade took a first-half pass from Wilman Landaverde and scored at the 37:15 mark to give Shadow Creek a 1-0 lead at the break, while B’wood evened things at the 63-minute stage of the second half on Gerado Lucera’s header.
Shadow Creek advances to play the winner of Deer Park and North Shore in the area round.
In other area action, a late rally by the Alvin Lady Yellowjackets’ fell short in a 2-1 Class 6A bi-district defeat to Brazoswood in the second half of the Freedom Field double header on Friday.
The Lady Bucs opened the scoring on a shot from about 15 yards out and took a 2-0 lead at the 54-minute mark of the second half.
Midfielder Emily McCoy cut the margin to 2-1 on a breakaway at the 61-minute mark, but Alvin wouldn’t get any closer despite later shots on goals by both McCoy and forward Anna Wilson.
Alvin closes its season at 14-5-3 overall and finished as the 23-6A runner up with an impressive 9-2-1 record. After dropping consecutive 1-0 district squeakers to Pearland and Dawson, the Lady Jackets followed with wins over Hastings (7-0), Shadow Creek (3-2), Dawson (4-3) and Taylor (7-0). Victoria Coronado scored the game winner against Dawson on a direct penalty kick with 18 seconds remaining.
The Manvel boys also came up on the short end of a bi-district squeaker, dropping a 2-0 decision to Nederland in the Class 5A boys’ first round Thursday in Baytown.
The Mavs finished in third place during the regular season in 22-5A with a 9-3-4 record.
The Shadow Creek girls suffered an 8-0 defeat in the Class 6A girls’ bi-district round to Clear Lake Friday in Webster. The Lady Sharks finished as the fourth playoff seed from 23-6A.