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Lady Cats complete turnaround, seal playoff berth

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    Elgin’s Mitzy Navarrete lines up a shot around the Cedar Creek goalkeeper. Photo by Larry Pelchat

Soccer Roundup

Two years after finishing winless in district play, the Elgin girls soccer team is playoff bound.

The Lady Cats locked up a playoff berth – and the three-seed in District 18-5A – with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Cedar Creek last Tuesday.

“They believed every step of the way,” said Elgin coach Ryan Wiederkehr.

Madissen Lawhon scored on a gorgeous strike from 25 yards out, and Mitzy Navarrete and Tania Flores also found the back of the net in the win.

At the defensive end of the field, Jodie Taylor and Allisyn Carter led the way for the Lady Cats (14-6-1, 6-4 district) as they kept their 14th clean sheet of the season.

“It was a great game,” Wiederkehr said. “We dominated possession, scored early and were able to control the entire game.”

Elgin tried to stay in the hunt for a top-two finish on Friday, but suffered a 2-0 loss to the second-placed Hutto Lady Hippos.

Hutto broke a scoreless deadlock with a penalty kick early in the second half and added another goal before the end of the match.

“We had chances to equalize, but couldn’t find the back of the net,” Wiederkehr lamented.

The Lady Cats hosted East View on Monday. They will close out the regular season at Bastrop next Monday at 7:15 p.m.