Stephenville finally got over the regional hump Saturday as they battled and overcame a tough match with reigning state champion Kennedale, 3-1, in a penalty shootout.
The Lady Kats stormed out of the gate and commanded the first 10 minutes of the match, but Stephenville then responded by settling down and controlling possession for remainder of the half.
Nine minutes into the game Stephenville had their first chance on the counter as Gracie Bales tried to go across goal, but the Kennedale keeper came up big to deny the chance.
Almost 15 minutes later it was the Lady Kats turn to have an effort on goal, but a storming strike from distance rattled off of the crossbar.
The only other real chance came late in the half when Bales was tackled inside the penalty area. Cries for a penalty were then waved off by the referee sending the teams to halftime scoreless.
After another entertaining second half, both teams were still scoreless at the end of regulation and that continued after both periods of extra time.
In penalties it was the Lady Kats who shot first. The effort was denied was Stephenville keeper Alyssa Northcutt, who was subbed in at the beginning of the shoot out.
Claire Choate, Beatris Chavarria and Brinkley Harlow all made their penalty attempts for Stephenville, while Kennedale went on to have another saved by Northcutt at the beginning of the fourth round to clinch the match.
Stephenville will play in the state tournament on Wednesday with their opponent to be decided.