The victory advances the local girls to the Region IV quarterfinals, which was played Tuesday night in Laredo against the Mission Lady Eagles. Mission defeated Pharr San Juan Valley View 1-0 on Friday night.
“The Ray win was a great win. They just played long ball the whole match, but it at times worked to their advantage,” said head coach Don Ledesma.
“I also thought that our midfield did a great job of supporting the attack. We still need to take care of the opportunities we create or are given.”
The Ray game had the Lady Trojans playing defense right from the opening kick. The Lady Texans came out and played long ball and kept the Beeville defense working in their own end of the field for the first several minutes.
“Our defensive line did a great job of containing their forwards,” Ledesma said.
That back line of Taylor Castillo, Sydney Wesson, Claire McKinney and Celeste Contreras, along with keeper Randi Maupin, kept the Texans out of the net and scoreless over the first several highly contested minutes.
The Beeville girls finally kicked into gear on offense as the mid-fielders broke free and got the ball out front to Victoria Elizalde, Anisa Cantu and Niki Longoria. Elizalde broke free on one play, but Ray keeper Meagan Bender was up to the challenge and stopped the assault.
With a little more than half of the first 40 minutes gone, the Lady Trojans were awarded a free kick from 35 yards out. Sweeper Heather McKinney hit the perfect kick. It sailed high and dipped in the last few yards to catch the top of the net over the outstretched hands of Bender for a 1-0 Beeville lead with 18:18 left in the first half.
The Lady Trojans dominated play the rest of the first half and all of the second half. Several shots on goal went wide, high or hit the cross bar. The Beeville girls had nine shots on goal to the Texans’ two.
It could have easily been a 4-0 triumph for the Lady Trojans, but they’ll gladly take the 1-0 win that pushed their season record to 14-8-6 and a chance to advance into the quarterfinal round of the postseason.
Ledesma got a chance to scout their quarterfinals foe at the playoff game on Friday between Mission and Valley View.
“We match up very well with them. They really don’t seem to play with much purpose, but any time you get this far teams are going to bring their ‘A’ game,” said Ledesma on Monday.
“I think our speed up top and work rate in our midfield will be hard for them to contain.”
The Mission girls will also be without one of their senior captains who earned a red card in the match with Valley View.