FORT WORTH — Haden Biering may not be Ryan’s leading goal scorer, but he may have proved Tuesday that the Raiders are a more dangerous team when he’s on the field.
Biering, who was playing in the Dallas Cup last week and missed Ryan eke out a first-round playoff win on penalty kicks, returned to the lineup Tuesday and scored two first-half goals to lead the Raiders to a 2-1 win over Fort Worth North Side in a Class 5A area-round game.
Biering scored his first goal eight minutes into the game and added his second with 9:39 to play in the first half. The second goal came in handy, as North Side — which scored three goals in a first-round win over Richland last week — scored with just under 12 minutes to play and had several chances to tie the game in the closing minutes before the rally fell short.
With the win, Ryan (14-3-5) will face Aledo at 7:30 p.m. Friday back at Justin Northwest.
“I didn’t want to miss [Thursday’s] game, but I was able to get on FaceTime and watch the guys win on penalty kicks,” Biering said. “I was glad to come out this time and play for the team.
“I felt confident out there; I’m just glad I got that second goal.”
Ryan’s offense looked more aggressive early on as Redondo nearly netted Ryan’s first goal. A few minutes later, the attack continued as Bryan Munoz saved a ball from going out of bounds near the North Side goal and flicked it to Biering, who charged in and tapped it in for the 1-0 lead.
With his team leading 2-0 at halftime, Biering nearly notched a third goal in the early stages of the new frame. Ryan only had a few more solid opportunities after that, as it spent the rest of the game fending off North Side’s rally.
“Haden played great, but we also played a lot more like ourselves,” Trowbridge said. “It felt great getting that early goal. It calmed us down, and that always helps.”