An exciting second day in our Soy SAF tournament after all top eight teams advanced.
8. SA Johnson (12-8-2) v 1. SA Madison (20-1-0)
This was a rematch from earlier where Johnson stunned Madison and gave them their only loss of the season in 1-0 match. Going into this one, we expected another close match and it did not disappoint. It was physical battle early with lots of fouls 10 combined early in the first half and 3 yellows. Neither team wanted to give up ground or the first goal. Madison scored first after being shut out in the regular season match. Jillian Martinez came across the 18 yard line of penalty box to find the far left post past a diving keeper in the first half. Johnson’s Khori Banks scored finding the upper left corner that just nicked the bottom of the crossbar late in the second half. Regulation and over time was not enough as Madison and Johnson went to penalties. Madison won 5-4 when Mia Wildeman made the final save for the win.
Final: Johnson 1 (4) – Madison 1 (5)
5. SA Brandeis (15-3-3) v 4. SA LEE (16-3-4)
Both teams did not meet during the regular season but did meet in the first round of the 2019 UIL playoff bi-districts. LEE won in close one 3-2. In the rematch of last year, LEE struck first when Helene Farris scored on an assist from Britnney Campa in the 17th minute. Brandeis scored in the 33rd minute to tie it all up on a goal from Natalia Garcia with the assist from Mia Salas. It remained tied until the 76th minute when Mia Salas scored on an Olympico on a corner kick that sailed over the keeper and found the upper far post corner. Brandeis with the slight upset and move on to face Madison in the semifinal.
Final: Brandeis 2 – LEE 1
7. Smithson Valley (13-7-1) v 2. New Braunfels Canyon (15-1-4)
A battle between the first and third place teams in District 26-6A. Both teams tied in the first regular season meeting and Canyon took the second match 4-1. In this quarterfinal match up Canyon’s Serena Ruiz found the back of the net on a quick low shot at goal from close to the penalty spot in the 23rd minute, two minutes later Hayden Ritch scored on an assist from Caroline Kuhn. Smithson Valley would score on a screamer from outside the box to cut the lead in half on a goal from Sabrina Taber. In the final minute Smithson Valley almost tied it up when a shot from Kendall Spillmann hit the cross bar but no one was able to get the rebound as the whistle blew.
Final: Smithson Valley 1 – New Braunfels Canyon 2
6. New Braunfels (14-4-2) v 3. SA Clark (15-3-3)
New Braunfels and Clark met earlier in the year in The Woodlands Lady Highlander Tournament where the Unicorns won 1-0. Clark would be looking to avenge the loss and go on as the higher seed. Clark scored first and seemed in control of possession for much of the first half. Goal came early in the 4th minute when Emily Hight received a cross and quickly found an open and on side Andrea Santos who beat the keeper for New Braunfels one on one with a soft touch just two yards out. New Braunfels tied right before the half on a cross from Dana Hanson and header from Caitlyn Hernandez. Early in the second half New Braunfels took the lead on a free kick from Caitlyn Hernandez. In the 51st minute Clark tied it back up 2-2 on a goal from Ana Bonilla on a lob over the keeper. In the 71st minute, New Braunfels capitalized on a turnover and scored a goal by Dana Hanson, New Braunfels scored again on a red card penalty in the 79th minute and took this one. Unicorns will face Canyon in an all New Braunfels semi-final.
Final: New Braunfels 4 – Clark 2
5. SA Brandeis v 1. SA Madison
6. New Bruanfels v 2. New Braunfels Canyon