GEORGETOWN – The Friendswood girls ran into the soccer buzz saw Friday morning as the Lady Mustangs allowed three goals in the first 19 minutes and lost to Wylie East, 4-0, in the Class 4A state semifinals at Birkelbach Field.
The Lady Mustangs had notched 11 straight wins with eight shutouts coming into the state tournament, including two shutout victories in regionals, but the once-beaten Lady Raiders (24-1-1) used tremendous offensive pressure to control the midfield and keep the ball in front of the Lady Mustang goal.
“They came out and just played a lot faster, they were one-touch passing and didn’t read them well,” Friendswood coach Laura Peter said.
Friendswood sophomore goalkeeper Klaryssa Heussmann had a good effort in the goal as she made several acrobatic saves, but Wylie East continued to pound shots on goal.
Friendswood (22-5-3) was making its eighth state appearance, having won three silver trophies and claiming the Class 4A title in 2001.
Wylie East used a through pass from Asia Revely off a Mustangs defender that Valiree Morris redirected into the goal at 6:32 for an early 1-0 Raiders lead.
The Friendswood defense was still regrouping when Wylie East added two more goals. Addison McCain broke behind the Lady Mustang defense and netted a score with 15:13 gone, and four minutes later, Revely got her own goal at 19:17 mark.
Lady Raider forward Morgan Cave wrapped up the first-half scoring when she split the Lady Mustang defenders for the fourth goal of the half with 33:14 gone.
Offensively, Lady Mustang forwards Taylor Rue and Rachel Truong made several strong runs, but the Wylie East midfield control kept the Friendswood forwards outnumbered at the point of attack.
“We really played well in the second half, we committed no matter what the score,” Peter said. “We wouldn’t quit, and the girls played hard with courage in that second half.”
Friendswood’s Mandy Kimmel and Zoe Cole had better results in the second half as the duo was highly effective disrupting the Lady Raider touch-pass offense.
Cole’s 45-yard free kick that skimmed above the top bar in the goal nine minutes into the second half was the closest Friendswood came to scoring in the match.
Rhiannon Suffield had a solid game as the sweeper for the Lady Mustangs as the sophomore fullback repeatedly tackled the ball to stop the Lady Raider attack.
Friendswood closed out the season with victories in 16 of its 18 matches and totaled 17 shutouts on the year.