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Soccer: Lady Wildcats soar past Birdville, 3-0

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By Dave Rogers / For the Denton Record-Chronicle

JUSTIN — The players on Guyer’s girls soccer team studied their history. Then they went out and made some more history of their own Friday night.

Sophomore Brittany Crabtree took advantage of nifty passes from teammates Peyton Draper and Hannah Alspach to score twice, and Kaitlyn Caro put her corner kick in the net as the Wildcats downed Birdville 3-0 in their Class 4A Region I sectional playoff at Justin Northwest ISD Stadium.

They will play Stephenville, a 1-0 winner over Joshua on Friday, in a Region I quarterfinal either Monday or Tuesday at a time and site to be determined.

Crabtree’s 11th multi-goal game of the season gave her 32 goals for the season.

Guyer collected its 14th straight win and pushed its season record to 22-1.

On their way to their program’s first district championship, the Wildcats swept Birdville in 11-4A’s double round-robin play.

They beat the Lady Hawks 2-0 on Feb. 22 and 5-1 on March 23. But as they took the field Friday to attempt a three-peat, the Guyer players were focused on a different Birdville scouting report.

“Last year, [Denton] Ryan was in exactly the same situation as we were tonight,” Guyer coach Kenny Blevins reminded. “They had beaten Birdville twice to win district, Birdville finished third in district, and Birdville won this [third-round] game over Ryan.

“They say it’s tough to beat a team three times in a season. But we weren’t worried about beating them for the third time.

“We just needed to beat them once.”

Blevins and Birdville coach Eddie Brown disagreed over which Guyer goal did the Lady Hawks in.

Brown said it was the second, six minutes into the second half, when Caro, a junior midfielder, bent it like Beckham to score for the fourth time this season.

“That was huge,” he said.

Caro booted the ball from the left flag. The ball hooked across the penalty box and ended up in the right front of the net.

“She’s done that a couple times this year,” Blevins said. “It basically curves right into the net.”

There were some who argued Caro’s curveball deflected off a defender, making it an “own goal.”

Either way, ring it up.

And it was joyous news for the Wildcats, who had controlled the action after Crabtree’s first score in the game’s 23rd minute yet failed to put a shot on goal for the next 23 minutes.

“In soccer, scoring that first goal is so important,” Blevins said. “Peyton made such a beautiful pass. She crossed the ball upfield.

“It was fantastic.”

Draper’s pass hit Crabtree in stride as she raced down the right side past two defenders and fired the ball low past Lady Hawks goalkeeper Meredith Gebo into the left corner of the goal.

Crabtree appeared to tweak an ankle a few minutes later but shook it off and regrouped for the second half.

She beat the goalie from point-blank range in the game’s 52nd minute for the game’s final score.

It came after some sweet passing by Alspach, who lob-wedged the ball over the heads of a couple of defenders to the talented feet of Crabtree.