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Soccer: Sissies fall in overtime – Bridgeport’s season ends in bi-district

By Reece Waddell | Published Wednesday, April 4, 2018
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Costly Collision

COSTLY COLLISION – Bridgeport’s Ashley Ingram collides with Mineral Wells’ keeper in last Friday’s 2-1 loss. Ingram scored the Sissies’ only goal of the match on the play, but missed the remainder of the game with a head injury. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Ashley Ingram paid the price for Bridgeport’s only goal of the match last Friday against Mineral Wells.

In the 51st minute of a scoreless game, 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 feel worse. She said she managed to return to the bench before the match was over.

“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.

“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. In the second overtime portion, 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 but were unable to score.

Bridgeport finished the season 9-10-4 overall and captured 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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