CORINTH — Before a minute could tick off the clock in the second half of Tuesday’s District 11-4A game, Lake Dallas got the boost it needed against Birdville.
After a sluggish first half, the Lady Falcons picked up a quick goal and were one goal away from salvaging at least a point at home. Lake Dallas applied pressure in the final 40 minutes but couldn’t pick up the final goal it needed.
Birdville hung on for a 3-2 win at Falcon Stadium and stretched its lead over Lake Dallas for third place in the 11-4A standings.
“We ran out of time,” Lake Dallas coach Mandy Hall said. “Birdville’s a good side. You can’t afford to waste the first half not playing at the full level, and then we dug ourselves a hole that we couldn’t get out of.”
Lake Dallas (11-6-4, 2-4-2 district) remains fourth in the district, while Birdville (19-2-2, 6-2-0) remains in third place.
The Lady Falcons were on the verge of finding the equalizer throughout the second half after freshman Corina Marin slammed a ball into the left side of the net in the 41st minute, cutting Birdville’s lead to 3-2.
Marin’s goal sparked some life into a Lake Dallas side that was sluggish in the first half.
“After the first goal in the second half, I just think it woke them up and made them play better, play smarter, play together,” Hall said. “It was a good start. If we could have played the first half like that, it would have been different.”
Lake Dallas started the scoring in the 20th minute, when sophomore Kailyn Beauchamp headed the ball into the goal from a few yards out.
But after Lake Dallas’ first goal, junior Taylor Jones said the momentum shifted toward the trailing team. Beauchamp agreed with that assessment.
“Usually scoring first for us gives us good momentum,” Beauchamp said. “Just this time, I think we got it early and we let the momentum slip away from us. We just have to work on keeping it [the momentum] up and keeping each other up.”
The Lady Hawks caught a break in the 26th minute when a pass by Lake Dallas junior goalkeeper Ryleigh Bohnenstiehl caromed into the path of Birdville midfielder Tiffany Dang.
Dang saw Bohnenstiehl yards away from the goal line and lofted a ball over the retreating goalkeeper to tie the game at 1.
Birdville sophomore Vanessa Ortiz scored on the counterattack in the 36th minute, while freshman Savanna Barron netted another goal in the 40th, seconds before halftime.
Lake Dallas rallied in the final 40 minutes, but Birdville was able to thwart late chances by the Lady Falcons.
With remaining games against Guyer and Denton, Lake Dallas has an opportunity to seal its playoff berth after Tuesday’s loss to Birdville.
“This is a good team,” Hall said. “They’re known for scoring. You fall asleep for one second and make one mistake, they’re going to put you away.”