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Aledo goalkeeper Justen Woody turned back three late Crowley scoring chances to preserve a Bearcats' 2-1 victory Saturday afternoon in the boys' championship game of the Moritz/Kia Tournament of Champions at Bearcats Stadium.
With his team holding a one-goal advantage after Crowley scored a goal with 5:32 remaining in the match, Woody made a jump save at the 3:01 mark, and with 1:27 left to play the Aledo keeper forced a wide shot on a penalty kick from 20 yards out.
Crowley had an excellent chance to tie the game with 20 seconds left, but Woody had all angles covered as a Crowley header went high and to the left of the net as the Bearcats held on for the win.
Aledo's Matt Nickell was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. Nickell scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal with 16:55 left in the second half. Nickell bent a low shot from the right side from 20 yards out through traffic into the lower left corner of the goal.
After a scoreless first half, the Bearcats got on the board when Thomas Davis scored on a penalty kick in the box at the 27:42 mark of the second half.
"It's great to win your own tournament," Aledo head coach Derek Vierling said. "This will gives us momentum heading into district play."
The Bearcats will begin district play on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 8p.m. at Springtown.
Aledo forwards Kaylee McGee and Stephanie Neeley each registered a second-half goal to lead the Ladycats to a 2-0 victory over Crowley Saturday at the Moriytz/Kia Tournament of Champions.
Leslie Coats assisted on both goals.
The Ladycats will begin district play on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at Springtown. Kickoff is at 6 p.m.
In other girls' tournament action, Denton Guyer defeated Stephenvillle, 2-0, to capture the girls' Moritz/Kia Tournament of Champions title.