The Lady Trojan JV squad played very well, despite losing to the Lady Mustangs, 5-0, according to the coaches.
“We played an exceptional possession game, seeing some good connections between Destiny Jones and Maddie Zambrano, that led to a couple of runs into the attacking third of the Lady Mustang defense,” said Lady Trojan coach Scott Taylor.
The long ball passing attack from the Lady Mustangs challenged the A.C. Jones defense, but outstanding performances from defenders Maria Gonzales, Lea Banda, and Jasmine Del Bosque held the score down to five goals over the two halves.
The Lady Trojan varsity closed their preseason schedule with a good performance against the more experienced Lady Mustangs. The first half saw the Lady Mustangs challenge the Lady Trojans’ defensive four, with runs down the outside, trying to exploit defensive breakdowns.
Left back Julissa Ortiz was able to pressure those runs and force weak crosses to the middle of the 18-yard box, which were quickly closed down by Ali Kroen. Beeville goalkeeper Emma Downing played an aggressive first half, and was able to make some great saves.
The Lady Mustangs found scoring opportunities with passes across the face of the goal that connected with unmarked players on the far post. By the final minutes of the first half, the Lady Trojans began to find some attacking opportunities as Amber De Pau connected with Keely Taylor, who would then find some passing combinations with Kennedy Trevino and Camryn Lofthouse, to attack the Lady Mustangs deep in their side of the field.
The Lady Trojans would find 12 good runs in to the attacking third of the Lady Mustangs, but came away with no goals.
At the half, a tactical change was made, putting Mowdy Sanchez in the goal, and Emma Downing on the field. Halfway through the second half, the Lady Trojans put together a spectacular run started by Alexis Gonzales.
“She was able to send a pass in to the 18-yard box, where she found Taylor, who launched a shot towards the goal. The ball was deflected by the goalkeeper and Kennedy Trevino was able to put it in the back of the net, only to find out that one of the Lady Trojans was offsides,” Taylor said.
The offsides call negated the goal, but this did not deter the Lady Trojans from keeping pressure on the Mustang defense. They continued to make some good passes and work the ball down the field.
Even though the Lady Trojans fell to the Lady Mustangs 8-0, the score was not an indication of the quality of play by the Beeville girls, according to Taylor.
“I think this is one of the best games we have played recently, and one of the first games we have had everyone back from injury and other activities. We have been working hard in practice and it shows,” Taylor said.
“We continue to work on the things that will help us become better, like first touches, trapping, making good one touch passes, and a better understanding of the tactical side of the game.”
The Lady Trojans begin district play on Tuesday night when the Floresville Jaguars pay a visit to Veterans Memorial Stadium. The JV match will be played at 4 p.m. with the varsity girls taking the field at 5:45 p.m.
Next Friday, the Pleasanton Eaglettes will be in Beeville.
“Going in to district, I feel confident with the progress we are making,” Taylor said.