By Tony Altobelli
Killeen Daily Herald
After stopping Lampasas' goal-scoring speedster all night long, it took a shot from "3-point land" to do in the Kangaroos.
Tim Engrav's well-placed shot from over 20-yards out in overtime slipped over the outstretched fingers of Roo goalkeeper Angel Solorzano and into the upper-left corner of the goal to lift the visiting Badgers into the playoffs and past Killeen 1-0 on Friday night at Leo Buckley Stadium.
"He used the wind well and hit a perfect shot," a dejected KHS coach James Gay said afterward. "What can you do? That's the second time we've played them and it's the second time I thought we outplayed them for 70 percent of the game. Unfortunately, neither one worked out for us."
The loss eliminates the Roos (7-6 in District 17-4A) from playoff contention. They finish the season with road games at Waco LaVega, at home against Ellison and at Mexia.
"It was the same ol' story with us," Gay said. "We had our opportunities, but we couldn't get enough shots off."
Killeen's best opportunity to score came in regulation when the a penalty kick was awarded to Alejandro Garcia with just over 10 minutes left in the game.
The freshman forward stepped up and hit a nice shot, but senior goalkeeper Michael Clark showed why he's heading to Southwestern University in the fall, making a big-time stop. Garcia was quick to pounce on the loose ball and ripped another shot toward the goal, but Clark was there again for the save, keeping the game scoreless.
The Roos kept their eye on speedster forward B.J. Burton, who turned three breakaway opportunities into goals in the Badgers' 3-1 win over Killeen back on Feb. 7. Burton had a few scoring chances, but the defensive combination of Brian Wood and Matt Funk teamed up with Solorzano to keep him off the scoring sheet.
The scoreless deadlock was finally broken by Engrav and the Roos could not find an equalizer. Their best chances came in the second OT when a shot in traffic nearly found its way into the goal, but it was steered aside. A few minutes later, a Wood header was corralled by Clark.
n Waco Robinson girls 1, Killeen 0 The Lady Rockets also clinched a playoff spot on the KHS turf when Stormie Snyder scored the game's lone goal late in the second half for the Lady Rockets.
"It was a great effort on our part. I couldn't be any prouder of them," KHS coach Richard Romeo said. "This group gave it all they had against a very good Robinson team. I couldn't ask for much more than that."
Killeen nearly scored in the game's opening minutes when Emma Garcia too a nice breakaway pass from Jesse Hale, but Robinson goalkeeper Destini Shelton made the sliding save.
Late in the first half, Robinson (15-8-1, 6-4 in district) appeared to score the first goal when Jamie Watson found the back of the net, but the goal was disallowed because the indirect free kick was kicked in directly.
Cavazos made several nice saves to keep the game scoreless, but couldn't stop them all as Snyder hooked her shot around a KHS wall on a free kick and to the left of the Lady Roo netminder with 3 minutes left in the game.
Killeen will wrap up their season at Hewitt Midway on Tuesday, beginning at 7 p.m.
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