ARGYLE — Argyle entered Tuesday’s key District 11-4A game against Guyer trying to extend its edge in a hotly contested playoff race. The Wildcats were in desperate need of a win to keep pace.
Desperation won out, sort of, as the teams battled to a 1-all stalemate. The draw is par for the course in a district that has more questions than answers with two games to play.
“It’s a real tough race right now; everyone is really close,” Guyer coach Cody Schroeder said. “We needed to get the two points with a win. We got one point out of it, but it may not be enough to make a difference.”
Guyer (7-11-2, 3-4-1 district) could have been a team on the outside looking in had Argyle (15-3-4, 3-3-2) won, but the tie doesn’t do much in either coach’s eyes as it further complicates a four-team logjam behind district leader Trophy Club Nelson. Denton and Birdville both were 2-2-3 in the district entering Tuesday.
“It maintains our cushion with them [Guyer], but chances are we lost some ground with other teams,” Argyle coach Daniel Lundy said. “It’s going to come down to the last two games.”
The teams combined for 13 shots on goal in a scoreless first half.
It wasn’t until two minutes into the second half that Guyer broke the stalemate. Luis Muro’s free kick bounced around in the box for a second before Anthony Cordiero pushed it through for a 1-0 lead.
The lead was short-lived, however, as Argyle’s Brian Williams scored with 33:43 to go. It was Williams’ 20th goal of the year.
Argyle outshot Guyer 12-1 in the second half but couldn’t break the tie.
“We’ve done a good job when we’ve played from behind,” Lundy said. “With that much time left, it’s hard to hang on to a 1-0 lead. If anyone was going to get the goal for us, it was going to be Brian.”
Guyer 4, Argyle 1
Brittany Crabtree scored two goals in the first half as Guyer cruised to a district win at Argyle.
Crabtree got the Lady Wildcats (14-2-3, 5-1-2) going with 21:50 left in the half when she found herself one-on-one with Argyle keeper Madeline Caldwell. Argyle’s Laine Lowry intercepted a pass intended for Crabtree but misplayed the ball as Crabtree snuck behind her and scored from five yards out.
That was one of two early miscues for the Lady Eagles (15-9-2, 2-6), who were outshot 16-3 for the game and trailed 3-0 by halftime. With 13:40 left in the half, Caldwell looked like she had stopped a direct shot from Auburn signee Hannah Alspach, but the ball trickled behind her and over the line to put Guyer up 2-0.
“I think we did a solid job,” Guyer coach Kenny Blevins said. “We had a few shaky plays, but we were patient and got the goals we needed to get and rode it out from there.”
Crabtree scored her second goal with 5:35 left in the opening half when she curved a shot from the Argyle sideline 13 yards into the top right corner of the net. Jasmine Heffley gave Guyer a 4-0 lead when she followed Sophie Martin’s shot three minutes into the second half.
Argyle’s goal came with 19 minutes left when Madison Lee and Guyer’s Ola Akinniyi engaged in a foot race to the ball. Guyer keeper Mikayla Renfroe came out to clear the ball, but her kick appeared to deflect off both players and went backward for a score. The goal was awarded to Lee.