ELGIN — Jewell Resseguie wasn’t going to let history repeat itself.
One year after getting eliminated from the playoffs by College Station and frustrated by the Lady Cougars’ goalkeeper, the senior scored a pair of goals to help Cedar Park beat College Station 2-1 Tuesday night and advance to the third round of the playoffs.
“Last year she shut me down and made some phenomenal saves,” Resseguie said. “I was worried that the same thing was going to happen. Obviously, I couldn’t have done it without my teammates. We worked really hard and just did it.”
The first goal came just four minutes into to the game when Ainsley Forbes slotted a picture-perfect through ball to Resseguie, who calmly finished the breakaway. The game-winner was a shot from inside the 18-yard box early in the second half.
“For (Resseguie) to get a goal on that goalkeeper, I think it broke the jinx,” Cedar Park head coach Jeff Gamble said. All week long the girls were asking how we were going to score on her. I’m proud of them.”
Weather played a huge factor in the game. The first half featured no wind and clear skies. But just as the buzzer sounded to end the first half, a cold front blew in and a strong north wind hampered the College Station attack the entire second half.
Gamble was heralded as ‘The Weatherman’ by the Lady Timberwolves after the game.
“I was looking at the weather all day and I knew it was going to hit around halftime,” he said. “So when they had the coin flip, I told them to go north in the first half. It gave them a boost sitting there at halftime when the wind hit.”
Following the opening goal, College Station started to push forward. Cedar Park was called for a foul in the box and the Lady Cougars tied the game 20 minutes in. They had a chance late in the first half after a long free kick, but its as cleared by the Cedar Park defense.
Resseguie was brought down in the box just over 10 minutes into the second half, but her shot from the spot bounced off the post.
“Every single practice we end with me taking a PK and was missing them all week and coach told me I was thinking too much,” she said. “Then I get up there and I missed it and I had to come back from that.”
She scored the game-winning goal two minutes later.
The Lady Timberwolves will continue the playoffs Friday night against Tomball Memorial at a time and place yet to be determined. The Lady Wildcats opened the playoffs with a 3-0 win against Hutto and downed Whitehouse for they second straight shutout on Tuesday.
One of the things that stood out to Gamble on Tuesday was Cedar Park’s composure. Even after giving up a first-half goal and missing a penalty in the second half, the Lady Timberwolves never really lost their rhythm.
“We’re a little schizophrenic where we have spurts of creative play and then we have spurts where we give the other team some possession,” he said. “Sometimes we don’t recover from that, but today we did recover and killed the game with possession.”