Livescore Thursday, April 25

With overtime seemingly moments away, Gregory-Portland sophomore Ella Galvan made sure 80 minutes would be enough to decide the Wildcats’ Class 5A girls area round playoff match with Edinburg Vela.

Galvan took possession of a pass, maneuvered around three defenders and found the tiniest of openings, shooting and beating Vela goalkeeper Karysa Rodriguez in the 79th minute for a stunning 3-2 result that propelled G-P back to the regional quarterfinals.

The Wildcats sophomore almost struggled to find the words to describe her big moment.

“I was just in shock, and thankful that we did it,” Galvan said. “And that it helped us.”

The 11th hour goal was Galvan’s second of the game, sandwiched around a penalty kick from Makenzie Ivie and helped G-P advance to face McAllen next week with a regional tournament berth on the line.

Here are a few takeaways from G-P’s last second win:

Finding a way

The front-loaded Gregory-Portland schedule paid dividends on Thursday. Even when the Wildcats fell behind 1-0 early, they battled back to take a 2-1 advantage and held it into the second half.

G-P opened the season being outscored 9-2 in the first three matches of the season against San Antonio and Austin-area teams and have since rattled off 14 consecutive wins and had allowed four goals total during the streak heading into the Vela match.

The area round match was the second time G-P had allowed more than one goal in a match all season, but the team was able to draw on the early adversity it faced and find a result.

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Another burgeoning playmaker

Gregory-Portland has not reeled off seven consecutive unbeaten district titles without talent, and even though strong seniors leave the program every season, more are waiting in the wings.

Galvan has made an impact as a sophomore and used the extended break after the Wildcats District 29-5A championship match win to heal up after she was unable to finish that win against Flour Bluff on March 8.

She played reduced minutes in the Wildcats’ bi-district win against Laredo Martin, but came up big on Thursday.

“I absolutely love coaching Ella Galvan,” G-P coach Casey Wyatt said. “For only a sophomore, one of the things I admire about her most is her ferociousness and tenacity. When she’s on the field and we don’t have the ball, she’s almost mad about it. I like that about my players. She tore it up today and will be leading this team in the future.”

Trying to get back

The Wildcats saw their four-year regional tournament streak snapped last season in a regional quarterfinals setback against McAllen Memorial. This season McAllen High, who has advanced to the regional tournament every season since they’ve moved to Class 5A, stands in the way of G-P making it back to the regional semifinals.

“Our challenging schedule prepares us for these moments,” Wyatt said. “It was certainly dramatic at the end, but I was happy that in the adverse moments they were able to pull their way through it.”

Galvan said the historic run the Wildcats have been on including seven consecutive district titles and four regional tournaments in the last six years, pushes the current crop.

“We’ve played since we were young and we’ve learned from coach and players from before,” Galvan said. “Knowing how much we’ve won before pushes us to work even harder. We have very high expectations. We have to push and make sure to keep up our tradition.”

This article originally appeared on Corpus Christi Caller Times: Galvan sends G-P girls soccer through and key takeaways from the win

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