The varsity match-up had was all one-sided as the Harlandale girls scored early and often. The Beeville girls got one shot-on-goal for the evening while the home team found the back of the net 10 times in the 10-0 shutout. The JV girls lost a close one 2-0.
In the varsity match, it was 4-0 at the half, as the Lady Trojans struggled to move the ball against the aggressive Indian defense. The Beeville girls got good defensive efforts from a few of their players.
“Emma Downing and Clarissa Rincon wouldn’t make it easy to take easy shots on goal, and Angelika Benavides found opportunities to clear the ball down the field to start the counterattack,” said head coach Scott Taylor.
Looking at a four-goal deficit, the visitors made some defensive adjustments to try to slow down the Indian attack. The Lady Trojans did not make it easy to take shots on goal inside the 18-yard box, but the Indians found their scoring opportunities any way.
Beeville keeper Mowdy Sanchez finished the first half with several saves, while Emma Downing replaced her in the second half to finish her soccer career.
In the second half, the Lady Trojans were able to play the ball out from the back and in through the midfield with more confidence. There were several late runs by wings Sarah De Leon, Kennedy Trevino, Joie Wilson and Brianna Cooley that were shut down just short of connecting with Mackenzie Harvey, Keely Taylor and Cameryn Lofthouse.
“We played a good game against a very fast, aggressive team. Just when we got something going, they were right there to shut it down,” Taylor said.
Our team is young, but one of the things we have to build on is a great work ethic. They never stopped playing all season and fought to the very end no matter what the score was.”
The Jones High JV team played the late game in Harlandale on the practice field. The first half was a back-and-forth battle between the Lady Trojans and Indians with both teams finding runs in to the attacking third.
However, the Indians struck first, sending a shot late in the second half over the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Margaret Downing. The Lady Trojans did not let that get them down and pressed the Indian defense, as Maddie Zambrano and Christina Perez fought to get some shots on goal.
In the second half, the battle continued, as both teams fought to maintain possession. The Indians found some runs in to the attacking third that were quickly shut down and played out by Lea Banda, Jasmine Del Bosque, Maria Gonzales and Alexis Trevino.
The pressure of the Indians’ attack was too much, as they found one more goal late in the second half, that ended the game with the guests losing 2-0.
“I am proud of our girls, and I look forward to the future of our program,” Taylor said.