Battle for the ball

Fulshear sophomore Milena Sousa battles for the ball against Splendora.

It is always an interesting dynamic when teams that played during the regular season once again face off in the playoffs.

That will be the case when the Fulshear girls soccer team plays Columbia Lady ’Necks on Friday at Guy K. Traylor Stadium in the Region III-4A quarterfinals.

The previous Fulshear-Columbia contest took place in a tournament back in January. The game ended in a 1-1 tie with both teams scoring in the second half.

Fulshear’s goal came from junior Ingris Cortez, assisted by sophomore Mikayla Counce.

Columbia’s goal was from senior Keagan Sims, assisted by senior Kaley Kaspar.

This isn’t new territory for the Lady ’Necks. Columbia has made at least the third round of the playoffs the past five seasons.

Most recently, the Lady ’Necks defeated Needville, then a fellow member of District 23-4A, 4-3 in the regional quarterfinals last season.

Columbia defeated Stafford (7-0) and Liberty (11-0) to reach this point on the current playoff schedule.

Columbia has four double-digit scorers on the roster with senior Kaley Kasper (47 goals), senior Kaegan Sims-Maraist (35), freshman Tori Aucoin (24) and junior Kaitlyn Prihoda (18).

Kasper has crossed the century mark in points at 112 with 18 assists to add to her total.

Prihoda leads the team with 28 assists, followed by Sims-Maraist with 20.

Sophomore Kirsten Bragg has made the lion’s share of starts in the net for Hargrave.

Bragg has 11 goals allowed on 42 shots on goal over 21 games for the Lady Falcons.

Fulshear will return to Guy K. Traylor Stadium for its second playoff game this season. Fulshear previously defeated Sweeny 2-0 in Rosenberg.

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