BASTROP — Ainsley Forbes was told to push forward at halftime of Cedar Park’s third-round playoff game Friday night.
The result? Her long ball forward early in the second half found Jewell Resseguie, who scored the only goal of the game as the Lady Timberwolves beat Tomball Memorial 1-0 to advance to the regional semifinals.
“This is the laziest team I’ve ever played on in my life in a good way,” Forbes said. “At first glance they see us warming up and they think they can beat us. The thing I like about this team more than any other is we all have each other’s backs.”
Cedar Park meets Kingwood Park at Turner Stadium in Humble Friday at 1 p.m. The winner of that game will face either Tomball or Port Niches-Grove Saturday at 11 a.m. for a trip to the state tournament.
The Lady Timberwolves beat Magnolia 2-1 in the first round of the playoffs before avenging last season’s playoff loss to College Station 2-1 in the second round Tuesday night.
Tomball Memorial was happy to let the game happen in the middle of the field in the first half. Cedar Park won a pair of corner kicks that both went out of bounds and the Lady Wildcats had just a few journeys forward.
The Lady Timberwolves’ best chance of the half came with less than a minute left when Resseguie took a long shot from outside the 18-yard box that bounced off the top of the crossbar.
“We dominated possession in the first half, but I was just kind of waiting for the game to start,” Gamble said. “We were more concerned about midfield defense that we were about pushing up into space. We held the ball but pushed the ball forward.”
Cedar Park had a couple good chances right out of the break, but Bella Granada sent a long-range effort high and a shot from Forbes sailed wide right.
Less than 15 minutes into the second half, Resseguie tapped in a close-range shot as she was going to ground after key passes by Bella Granada and Forbes.
“We have good chemistry,” Forbes said. “I know that I can just play it in space and she’ll get to it.
“Last year, we beat them 5-0 in the first round. It would’ve been really easy to come into this game looking like we should’ve won. We didn’t look at last year’s score and let that affect how we were going to perform this year.”
Tomball Memorial had all the pressure after the goal and Cedar Park was content to sit back and absorb it.
“We were more composed at the end of that game than we were a month ago even though they were in our end for 60 percent of the time,” Gamble said. “You win ugly in the playoffs sometimes.”
This stage of the playoffs is nothing new for Cedar Park. The last time the Lady Timberwolves advance to the regional tournament was in 2015. Before then they made it in 2013, the same year they went on to the state tournament.
“If we’re not ready to play for each other and have each other’s backs on defense, we’ll lose just like any other team,” Forbes said. “If we all come out and play as a team like we have been, we can go pretty far.”