Kingwood Park defeats Texas City 4-1, Fuhre nets two goals
4/11/2018 6:59 PM

Brianna Fuhre scored two goals, Allie Byrd netted a goal and assist and Kingwood Park defeated Texas City 4-1 in the Region III-5A Quarterfinal on Friday at Abshire Stadium.

"It was a quality team we faced tonight, it was a physical match," Kingwood Park coach Jess White said. "It was an example of the depth of our team. We had people step up defensively and offensively to help us to get playing back at Turner (Stadium) next week."

Kingwood Park advances to the Region III-5A Tournament at Turner Stadium, which is the Humble ISD main stadium, where it will face Cedar Park on Friday at 1 p.m.

"It's going to be great," White said about playing at home. "It's going to be a lot of fun driving about seven miles instead of 40."

Kingwood Park is into the Regional Semifinals for the third time in program history and seeks its first trip to the Region III-5A Final.

"It feels really good to go back since we didn't go last year," Byrd said. "I just want a different result from my freshman year since we're back."

To get to the Regional Tournament, Kingwood Park (22-2-1) had to go through a very physical Texas City (18-4) team.

In the first few minutes of the match, the Lady Panthers were pushing the ball and it paid off.

In the third minute, Taylor DeBrosky fired a corner kick into the box where Mia Wehby was able to put it in the back of the net, making it 1-0.

It was Wehby's 21st goal of the season.

Texas City responded in the 12th minute when Ashleigh Rivas fired a corner shot into the box and Jaycee Thiem headed in the equalizer, tying the match at 1-1.

In the 26th minute, Kingwood park struck again.

Off a second-straight free kick, DeBrosky dropped in a shot around six yards out from the goal where Fuhre was able to cross it in for the goal, making it 2-1.

""The keeper was coming out and I was wide and I had to swing it across the far post," Fuhre said. "It just tapped in. It was good."

DeBrosky's two assists brought her season total to 21, which is two off the single-season record.

In the second half, Byrd finally found the back of the net. Byrd previously had been denied three times on one-on-one opportunities against Texas City goalie Gabby Bjerke.

The fourth time ended up being the charm as Byrd beat her with a shot to the right side in the 46th minute, making it 3-1. Jacqui Daspit was awarded the assist.

"I thought my goal was kind of a stress release off of us," Byrd said. "Because we were only up by one goal. I feel like that was a game-changing goal."

Byrd now has 20 goals on the season.

With time waning down, Byrd crossed a ball into the box where Fuhre capitalized for her second goal of the night, making it 4-1.

"I'm very excited," Fuhre said. "This is my first year being in the playoffs. I'm so excited."

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