By: Natallie Rocha

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (June 29, 2018)- Dallas Texans SC clinched a spot in the first-ever U-15 Girls' Academy Playoff Semifinals with a 2-1 victory over Beach Futbol Club. Just three minutes after Beach Futbol Club knotted up the score at 1-1 early in the second half, Dallas' Bailey Wesco answered with the gamewinner in the 53rd minute.

Both teams topped their respective groups to earn a place in the quarterfinals and entered the game conceding just five goals in the Playoffs.

Early on, the Texans kept the ball in Beach territory, earning four corner kicks within the first five minutes of the game. They tested Beach goalkeeper Samantha Ciccone and finally broke through in the 27th minute when Wesco was taken down in the box for a penalty kick. Midfielder Genesis Robles stepped up to the spot to sink the game's opening score to the bottom right corner. The Texas-based team held on to their 1-0 lead for the rest of the half with a disruptive defensive effort.

The Beach offense picked up their attack in the second half with an equalizer in the 50th. Aasha McLyn skated through the midfield to play her teammate, Drew Coomans down the left flank. Coomans drove to the end line and crossed it low to the top of the six-yard box where Makayla DeMelo finished to the corner for a 49th-minute goal.

With the score line even at 1-1, Beach mustered a surge of optimistic energy but the burst was squashed by the Texans just three minutes later. In the 52nd minute, Bailey Wesco capitalized on a misplayed pass by the Beach defense and drove hard to goal down the right side. With a hard-hit shot to the back post, Wesco put her team back on top with a 2-1 lead.

The Texans put consistent defensive pressure on Beach and added some savvy transition play to secure the win and eliminate the SoCal squad. The Texans move on to the Academy Championships in Kansas City, Mo., where they will battle to take home the first-ever Girls' Academy national championship at the U-15 level.