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By Anthony Mannino

Lake Travis kept fighting for a playoff spot and then some, shooting to the top of the district standings – for now – with two wins last week.

The Cavaliers are just ahead of Anderson, which they beat 2-1 Monday night, and are slightly out front of Del Valle and Akins as well. Only seven points separated the top six teams as of Tuesday morning.

With a 2-1 win over Anderson Monday, the Cavs have a two-point edge on the second-place Trojans.

“Hopefully, good things are going to happen for us, and we are going to finish off this season going into playoffs,” Lake Travis coach David Bammel said. “I know the boys would be excited about that, stepping up into 5A.”

The Bowie Bulldogs thwarted a Lake Travis Cavaliers comeback win, scoring a goal with six minutes remaining to tie the game 2-2 Feb. 27 as the only blemish last week.

“I feel like we could have, should have finished it off,” Colin Tracy said. I feel like our team has a lot of potential, and we are really close to reaching where we should be.”

Lake Travis scored two second half goals, after falling behind in the first half, but failed to pick up the victory. The Cavaliers won the shootout 5-4 to earn the playoff bonus point after Tucker Harrell scored the winning penalty.

Bowie controlled the first half and was dangerous off set pieces. The Bulldogs drew four corners in the first 10 minutes as they attack the Lake Travis defense. Jonas Olson scored on the fourth corner, because Lake Travis failed to clear Dillon Rodriquez service into the box.

The Cavaliers (5-3-2 in district, 24 points) struggled to move the ball into the attack in the first half. The midfield failed to consistently connect passes together and methodically move down the field.

Lake Travis’ only chance came when Dylan Tracy passed the ball to an open Nathaniel Adamolekun. The forward took one touch pass the keeper and had an open net, but a Bowie defender hustled back to clear the ball off Adamolekun’s foot. Bowie held onto their 1-0 lead in the first half.

The Lake Travis midfielders were patient and found room to pass the ball to the Cavaliers attackers in the second half. Adamolekun did well staying on the shoulder of the last Bulldogs defender and stretching Bowie’s defense.

Lake Travis movement paid off, and they tied the match in 60th minute. William Barret Mattingly threw the ball to the near past, and Tracy flicked it to the far past to an open Adamolekun, who headed it into the net.

“I am sick of us not scoring off long throw-ins, because Mattingly has a good throw,” Tracy said. “I feel like I should be winning more headers. I just said I was going to go get it, and I flicked it on.”

The Cavaliers looked like they completed the comeback win after Harrell scored in the 78th minute. He saw the keeper off his line and gave Lake Travis the 2-1 lead with a goal from 30-yards out.

“Well, coach always gets on us for not taking shots, and he got on me in the second half and wanted me to rip one,” Harrell said. “I had some space, so I took the shot.”

Six minutes later, Bowie responded with a tying goal. Lake Travis failed to clear the ball after Eric Loera cut across the 18-yard box and last the ball. Olson picked up the loose ball and fired a low, hard shot into the net to tie the game.

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