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Sissies fall to Mineral Wells in bi-district round

By Reece Waddell | Published Friday, March 31, 2018.
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Ashley Ingram paid the price for Bridgeport’s only goal of the match Friday against Mineral Wells.

In the 51st minute with both sides still scoreless, Ingram made a run to the net off a free kick and collided with the Lady Rams’ keeper. As the two met in mid-air, Ingram headed the ball home for a goal while getting hit in the face. She laid on the turf for a few minutes before getting up under her own power. 

Ingram never returned to the game, and the Sissies eventually surrendered their slim lead, falling to Mineral Wells 2-1 in overtime at Azle in the 4A Region I bi-district round of the playoffs.

“I’m extremely proud she was willing to basically put her body on the line to make sure we got that goal,” said Bridgeport coach Lauren Kirby. “It was a killer goal. When I saw her down my heart kind of stopped a little bit.”

Ingram said she eventually had to leave the field and sit in the car, as the noise from the game made her head pain worse.

“Whenever I dove for the ball the goalie came out for it, and I think her hand just hit me in the face,” Ingram said. “I just have a really bad headache. It really hurt [not being able to finish the game] because I knew [my teammates] kept fighting and trying — and the refs weren’t exactly on our side.”

With Ingram out of the game, Bridgeport surrendered the equalizer in the 61st minute when the Lady Rams bended a shot from 20 yards out into the top of the net. The Sissies were whistled for a yellow card moments before the goal, giving Mineral Wells possession. 

Bridgeport was carded three times within a span of 15 minutes in the second half, as the match quickly turned aggressive.

“There are going to be refs that I’m going to disagree with and refs that I agree with. I’m just going to leave it at that,” said Kirby when asked about the officiating.

Neither side was able to find the winning goal in regulation, so the match was sent to overtime to decide the winner. No goal was scored in the first 10-minute overtime period, but in the second, the Lady Rams broke through Bridgeport’s back line for the game-winning goal in the 94th minute.

The Sissies frantically tried to equalize in the final six minutes of the second overtime but were unable to. Bridgeport finished the season 9-10-4 overall, capturing its first District 9-4A title in school history.

“I can’t even explain how proud I am of this group of girls,” Kirby said. “From where we started to where we are now, they put everything into practice and each game and continued to grow. I’m so proud of them for their accomplishments, being district champs and coming to bi-district.”

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