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April 8, 2014

REGIONAL SOCCER QUARTERFINALS: Running out of gas

Mabank knocked out with 5-0 loss to Red Oak Lady Hawks

CRANDALL — The Mabank Lady Panthers had a hard time figuring out the Red Oak Lady Hawks in the Class 4A, Region II quarterfinals at Pirate Stadium in Crandall.

Red Oak defeated Mabank, 5-0, for their second win over the Lady Panthers this season.

They were a 5-0 winner over the Lady Panthers earlier in the season.

The Lady Panthers knocked out Red Oak, 2-1, in the Class 4A, Region II semifinals last season at E.H. Hanby Stadium in Mesquite.

With the loss, coach Matt Lemoine’s squad finished the year with a 16-8-1 record. Mabank was the No. 1 seed out of District 31-4A after finishing the district season undefeated.

They were the last remaining team in the playoffs in the Henderson County area.

At the 33:40 mark of the first half, Red Oak senior Devan Almaguer rocketed a shot past the diving arms of Mabank goalie Bailey Swain for the 1-0 lead.

The Lady Panthers had their best scoring chance of the first half 12 minutes later, but Meagan Holyfield’s shot was recovered by Red Oak’s Lauren Eshelman.

Red Oak had another chance to put a goal on the scoreboard as Almaguer blasted a penalty kick opportunity over the net with 20:19 remaining in the first half.

The Lady Hawks then gave themselves a 2-0 lead as junior Carly English blasted a shot from 17-yards out to the upper left side of the post past Swain.

With 32:40 remaining in the second half, Mabank’s Lauren Flowers had a chance to cut into the deficit as she charged in for the ball, but Eshelman was able to charge in for the ball to keep the two goal lead.

With 26 minutes remaining in the contest, Red Oak would add another goal as Swain was unable to recover the ball after it hit her in the fingertips.

Red Oak added two more goals in the final 15 minutes to put the game away.

Note: Mabank will be a member of District 15-4A soccer next season with Athens, Chapel Hill and Gladewater. ... The past two seasons, Mabank was been with Athens and Chapel Hill.

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