No. 4 Lady Mustangs win in a penalty-kick shootout with PN-G


FRIENDSWOOD — The No. 4 state-ranked Friendswood Lady Mustangs pulled out a 6-5 win when they won their match against Port Neches-Groves 6-5 in a penalty kick shootout.

"I'm really proud of the fight that they showed," Friendswood head girls soccer coach Laura Peter said. "We're definitely risking out luck, but I feel like we were the better team. We had more chances. They really only had two shots on goal other than the goal that they scored."

The two teams played to a scoreless tie at the end of regulation sending the game to overtime.

The Lady Indians took a 1-0 lead in OT when Abby Reeves scored in the eighth minute.

A PN-G penalty three minutes later gave the Lady Mustangs a chance to tie the game on a penalty kick.

Friendswood's Maya Palitz got the call to take the penalty kick and she came through in the clutch hitting a hard shoot in the back of the net to tie up the score 1-1.

Both teams went 5-for-5 at the start of the penalty kick shootout, bringing up a sudden-death second round of shots.

Friendswood's Emma Saldana made it 6-for-6 for the Lady Mustangs on what proved to be the match-winner, as PN-G missed their PK shot which sailed high over the net.

Also making their PK tries for Friendswood were Malak Soliman, Reagan Rudolph, Palitz, Cameryn Peter, and Pumarie Madden.

The Lady Mustangs (22-2-2) end PN-G's (23-3-1) streak of consecutive regional semifinal appearances at six.

Friendswood will face A&M Consolidated in the regional semifinals. This is the first time Friendswood has been this far in the playoffs since 2014.