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Soccer Bearcats will face Midlothian Tuesday at Northwest ISD Stadium in regional quarterfinals

March 27, 2010 by Tony Eierdam

In a rematch of last year's fourth-round soccer playoff contest, the Aledo Bearcats will face Midlothian at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, at Northwest ISD Stadium in a Class 4A regional quarterfinal match.

The winner of the contest will advance to the regional tournament in Wichita Falls. Regional semifinals will be Friday, April 2, and the regional final will be Saturday, April 3.

All games in the Region I tournament will be played at Wichita Falls ISD Memorial Stadium.

Bearcats advance in playoffs after 2-1 win over Birdville

Aledo senior goalkeeper Justen Woody turned back three late Birdville shots from close range, including a breakaway with two and a half minutes remaining in the match, to help the Bearcats to a 2-1 victory over Birdville Friday night in a Class 4A sectional match at Brewer High School.

Birdville had cut the AHS lead to 2-1 with 5:56 left in the match on a goal by forward Anthony Bardon. The Hawks, using a strong win at their backs in the second half, continued to put on pressure in the Bearcats' defensive end.

With 2:36 remaining, a Birdville attacker was free on a breakaway in the middle, and when he cut to his left the forward tried to poke the ball inside the left post to Woody's right, but Woody made a diving effort to come up with the save.

"I knew I had the angle played right," Woody said. "I just dove and stretched my arms out as far as I could and I deflected the ball out of bounds."

Birdville's ensuing cornerkick was booted safely away from the goal, and another late attempt at the goal was headed away by an alert Aledo defender.

"This was an emotional game," Aledo head coach Derek Vierling said of the contest that produced a yellow card from each side. "Woody came up big for us tonight."

With a strong wind at their backs in the first half, the Bearcats took a 1-0 lead on a Davis header in front of the goal off a free kick from 45 yards out in the middle by Matt Nickell.

With 10 minutes left in the opening half, Aledo nearly took a two-goal lead when Kyle Underwood's shot form 20 yards out deflected off the cross bar and out of play.

Almost five minutes into the second half the Bearcats took a 2-0 lead on a breakaway goal by Yusef Marwan after a brilliant feed by Nickell, who hit the streaking Marwan as he split a pair of Birdville defenders before depositing the ball in the back of the net to the right of the keeper.

With the wind at its back, Birdville - after cutting the lead to a goal - continued to put pressure on Woody, but the senior keeper turned back four Hawks scoring opportunities before making his huge save on the breakaway in the final minutes of the contest.

Sports Calendar

Thursday, March 5

  • Aledo Ladycats JV at Brewer Tournament, Time TBA

  • Aledo Ladycats Varsity at A&M Consolidated Tournament, College Station, Time TBA

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Southwest and Arlington Heights Tournament, Times TBA.
    Aledo Bearcats JV at Granbury Tournament, Times TBA.
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen at Weatherford Tournament, Times TBA.

Friday, March 6

  • Aledo Varsity at Chisholm Trail Tournament, all day

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity Black and Orange at Bearcat Brawl at Split Rail Links and Golf Club.

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Burleson at Bearcat Stadium, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *Senior Night & District Game

  • Aledo Ladycats at Burleson, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

Monday, March 9

  • Aledo Ladycats at Burleson Centennial, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

Thursday, March 12

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Abilene Tournament, Times TBA.
    Aledo Bearcats JV at Boswell Tournament, Times TBA.
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen at Richland Tournament, Times TBA.

Monday, March 16

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats Varsity Orange at Brock High School Tournament at Canyon West Golf Course.

  • Aledo Bearcats JV vs. Joshua at AHS Baseball Field, 6:00 pm. *District Game
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen at Joshua, 6:00 pm. *District Game.

Tuesday, March 17

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats JV at Lake Ridge JV Tournament at Mansfield National Golf Course.

  • Aledo Bearcats at Granbury, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Ladycats vs. Granbury at Bearcat Stadium, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Ladycats vs. Everman at AHS Softball Field, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

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