Tuesday, April 6, the Lady Bronco Soccer team traveled to Navasota to face undefeated Bay City in the Regional Semifinals of the UIL Sate Playoffs.
The Broncos went up early with a goal by midfield standout Macee Bradford, as she received a great through ball from Ella Wheeless, battled against a Blackcat defender, and slipped the ball through the keeper into the back of the net.
The Broncos saw multiple other opportunities that could have led to goals, but were called offsides by a hair. The first half the Blackcats only saw a few opportunities in the Bronco defensive third, and only put two shots on goal.
However, a 21mph wind played a big factor in the game, and was tough for the Broncos to run into for the second half. The Blackcats were able to sail one into the upper 90 early in the second half, but the Broncos kept responding with attacks on goal, and about 13 minutes later were able to go back up. The Bronco second goal was off of an Ella Wheeless corner kick that was shortly cleared, then Macey Weber was able to sail a shot towards goal that dropped right over the Blackcat keepers head.
With 10 minutes left in the game, the Broncos knew there was still too much time to be comfortable and kept plunging towards the Blackcat goal, but after a long punt from their keeper with the wind, the Blackcats were back in Bronco territory and sailed a shot right under the crossbar, just out of Landyn Johnson’s reach to tie the game with 9:42 left in regulation. The Blackcats sealed their 3-2 win with 5:08 left to play.
The Lady Broncos ended their season with an overall record of 27-5-0, and a District record of 13-1-0. Something they should be very proud of! They look towards next season already, knowing they get to return everyone for at least two more years, and some three, unlike the Blackcats (and most other teams) who graduate 15 seniors this year.
Congratulations Lady Broncos on an incredible inaugural season – you made history!!