Lady Tigers fall in final minute

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Dramatics are to be expected in any playoff matchup and the girls’ soccer Bi-District Championship was no exception.

The third-seed Sealy Lady Tigers played host to No. 2 Brazosport Exporters and although the visitors grabbed the first two goals of the afternoon, the hosts would not go into the break without making some noise.

Senior Jessica Vital led herself with a pass ahead of some defenders and with the goalkeeper still reeling back, Vital rifled a shot over the outstretched arms of the keeper and under the goal post she had previously nailed with another shot to cut the Sealy deficit in half.

That momentum carried into the beginning of the second half where Daniela Acosta put a shot in the back of the net 1:07 after kickoff, tying the game up at two and resetting the game.

The Exporters garnered a few more chances and converted on one ten minutes after the tying goal but the host Lady Tigers weren’t done yet.

Just as head coach Adrian Rocha had been preaching all year, they kept fighting and throwing shots toward the net and it was one of those rebounds from a shot from Dania Picasso that eventually found Jimena Munoz who stepped up and provided the leveling goal, making the scoreboard read 3-3 with 8:11 left in the game.

All in one moment the chaos in front of the net settled just as the net regained its slack and waited for another shot its way.

One net did get that action, and it was after another scrum down on the goal line, with a Brazosport attacker in the corner with seemingly no angle to the back of the net.

Sealy goaltender Sofia Olvera came out to stop the initial shot and provided a rebound opportunity which was volleyed from the goal line around the post providing the Exporters with the lead just 1:09 before the end of regulation.

The Lady Tigers scrambled to pile shots on net but not enough of them were good enough looks and the time expired, ending their season on their home turf with a valiant effort in keeping pace with a high-scoring offense.

At the end of the movie, this brand of Sealy girls’ soccer extended a playoff streak to five years although this serves as the third first-round exit in a row.

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