SALADO — Hannah Reavis scored in the 68th minute and the Salado girls soccer team edged Temple 1-0 in the championship game of the Salado Eagle Classic on Saturday afternoon.
“This was the first year that it wasn’t just a 4A tournament,” Salado head coach Michael Goos said. “We invited 6As and 5As just to make the tournament a little more competitive.
“So for us to be one of the smallest schools in the tournament and win this tournament against such great teams is great.”
Salado looked to get on the board early when senior Rylie Stewart dribbled down the left side until Wildcat Kaitlynn Goode cut her off in the ninth minute.
Temple attempted to score off a corner kick from Carley Douglas, but the wind helped carry the ball too far over the net to the opposite corner.
As the Eagles moved the ball up the field toward their goal, Hannah Reavis tried to score off a long ball from Allison Carnahan, but goalkeeper Ariyan Johnson was there to stop it.
Salado goalie Avery Wright stopped Temple’s attempt to score with a ground save that got the Eagles fans cheering.
Sam Vargas looked to score from midfield but Johnson made another save.
Carnahan made one last attempt to score before the half was over but Johnson stopped it, leaving the Eagles and Wildcats scoreless at halftime.
Pierce started the second half for Salado with a long ball aimed for the goal that went straight into the arms of Sasha Hernandez, who replaced Johnson at goalie after the half.
Madison Spradlin dribbled and dodged her way around Desteny Pegues and Hannah Esparaza before passing to Carnahan in the top left corner of the goal area.
Carnahan went for the shot but was stopped by Hernandez.
Salado looked to score three times in the 35th minute.
First, Lydia Smith kicked one from the left side, but Hernandez blocked it.
Hernandez rolled the ball out and Madisyn Maddux stole it for a shot down the middle.
Malina Patel blocked it with her chest.
Spradlin tried once more with a shot from the right, but it carried high over the net.
The Eagles were determined to win because, as Reavis said, “We all didn’t want to go into PKs like yesterday.”
With that goal in the back of her mind, Reavis took aim in the 68th minute and finally got one past Hernandez.
“It felt amazing,” she said.
She may have got the game-winning goal, but Reavis credits her heroics to the team.
“It couldn’t have happened without them,” she said. “If we hadn’t held them, it never would have happened.”
“They worked really hard this entire tournament,” Goos said after his team gathered around him to hold their trophy and receive their medals.
Goos has history with Temple head coach Royce Mitchel, which made the victory a little sweeter.
“I played with him in college” he said. “So it’s always nice to smile at him as I give him the second-place trophy.”
Taking first place and going 3-0 in the classic has given the Eagles a positive outlook with district competition looming.
“I think it leaves us very confident because we had a lot of practice so now we know what each other is going to do,” Reavis said.
In the consolation championship, Savannah Brown and Haven Stevenson scored to give Copperas Cove a 2-0 victory over Harker Heights.
Brown’s goal was assisted by Melodie Balades. Walker earned the assist on Stevenson’s score.
Cove opens District 8-6A play Tuesday at Belton.
SATURDAY’S BOYS SOCCER SCORES
- Gatesville 2, Lorena 1
- Joshua 1, Gatesville 0
- Wimberley 2, Salado 1
SATURDAY’S GIRLS SOCCER SCORES
- Belton 2, Austin Bowie 0
Salado Eagle Classic
- Salado 1, Temple 0
- Copperas Cove 2, Harker Heights 0
- Granbury JV 1, Gatesville 0