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GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER: Permian uses quick start in bi-district win

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Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2019 7:53 pm

ALPINE Entering the first game of the postseason, Permian girls soccer coach Chad Peterson wanted his team to jump out to a quick start.

The Lady Panthers were able to answer that call early.

Permian scored two goals within the first 18 minutes of the match to take control early and hold on late to defeat El Paso Pebble Hills 2-1 Thursday afternoon at Lobo Field in the Class 6A bi-district round.

The Lady Panthers (14-4-3) advance to the area round and will face the winner of today’s San Angelo Central-Fort Worth Paschal match next week at a date, time and site to be determined.

“I thought we played very well today,” Peterson said. “I think we held our composure and we were able to stay in control for most of the game.

“I thought we wore down a little bit during the last five minutes of the game but we stayed strong and were able to hold on.”

The Lady Panthers were able to get off to that fast start thanks to taking advantage of a couple of early mistakes from Pebble Hills (7-10-1).

After the Lady Panthers put the pressure on the back line of the Spartans early, Jaden Sosa took advantage and deflected an attempted clearance by the Pebble Hills goalkeeper to take a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute.

Permian was able to maintain possession and keep the pressure on the compacted back line of the Spartans. Those efforts were rewarded 10 minutes after the first goal.

After being awarded a free kick from just outside the box, Natalie Terry found Abby Ward on a cross to the middle of the box and Ward was able to finish off the chance.

“When we all dropped back, I was able to find a way to get open,” Ward said. “Natalie made a great pass and I was able to run in and get a head on the ball.”

The Spartans had a couple of decent chances in the first half. However, Permian goalkeeper Jenafur Warren was able to keep her side of the scoreboard clean through the first 40 minutes.

In the second half, however, Pebble Hills would not go away.

The Spartans had a number of good second half chances and got a couple of shots on goal in the second half.

Their effort was rewarded in the 72nd minute when Nayeli Betancourt scored on a penalty kick to cut the margin in half.

However, Permian was able to keep possession of the ball and finish off the win.

“This was a good learning experience for us,” Pebble Hills head coach Rafael Gonzalez said. “We just made a couple of mistakes in the first half that really killed us on the goals. We were able to settle down and play well in the second half, but it was just too late for us to come back.”

The win was extra rewarding for Permian, which was able to pull through after falling short in the playoffs each of the last two years.

“This team and this group of seniors managed to correct a couple of wrongs from years past,” Peterson said. “It felt great to get this first-round monkey off of our back. But now we have to dig in and get some work done if we want to be able to keep advancing.”

>>Follow Tony Venegas on Twitter at @OA_TVenegas

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