Lady Trojans score late to capture 1-0 playoff win over G-P girls
by Bruce Harper
Apr 01, 2009 | 352 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lady Trojan Jerika Fira stretches out to keep possession of the ball during the second half of Friday night’s 1-0 victory over the Gregory-Portland Ladycats at Veterans Memorial Stadium. The sectional win advanced the Beeville ladies into the regional quarterfinals match-up against La Joya Lincoln which was played on Tuesday night in Laredo.
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The Lady Trojan varsity soccer girls defeated a tough Gregory-Portland Ladycat team on Friday night, 1-0, to advance to the regional quarterfinals against the La Joya Lincoln Huskies.

The District 61-4A Lady Huskies were a 4-0 winner over Mission Memorial on Friday night.

The quarterfinals match was played on Tuesday night in Laredo. Look for the full story and photos in the weekend edition of the Bee-Picayune. An update will be available on our website ( right after the game.

Friday’s contest was all defense as both sides played hard to keep the ball out of the net. The first 40 minutes went by with the scoreboard still having just the zeroes in lights.

“Over all it was a great match between two really good teams. I think all the girls played very well,” said Lady Trojan head coach Robert Partida.

“Morgan Mckinny had some excellent saves through out the whole game. There was outstanding defensive efforts by Audrey Jones, Alexandrea Casarez, Jamie Blackwell, Carissa Elizalde and the whole mid field.”

The Ladycats came out strong in the second half and kept the Beeville defense working overtime. Beeville keeper Morgan McKinney and her supporting cast of defenders were up to the task.

Time and time again, the G-P girls attacked the goal. Audrey Jones, Alexandrea Casarez, Jamie Blackwell, Calli Barber, Mallorie Garcia, Erin Tabb and everyone else available thwarted the G-P girls at every bounce.

The Lady Trojans found an opening on the left side of the G-P defense a few times late in the match. Rebecca Weaver, Jerika Fira, Carissa Elizalde and Barber found ways to penetrate the Ladycat defense. All attempts were sent back, however, until a throw-in from Erin Tabb.

The toss came deep down the line into G-P territory and Tabb sent the ball to the front of the G-P goal. The ball bounced once or twice before Barber put a foot to it and found the short corner of the net, past G-P keeper Hannah McWilliams.

There was only 6:24 left in the game, and Beeville was in front 1-0.

The Lady Trojans played smart the rest of the way, using the clock as much as possible and still defending with a passion. The clocked ticked down to zero as the Ladycats were lining up a free kick just outside the box in the attempt to possibly tie the game. It failed to get close and the time expired, allowing the Lady Trojans to advance one step deeper into the 2009 4A playoffs.

This is uncharted territory for the Beeville soccer program. No team in school history has made it past the area round. The Lady Trojans extended their streak on Tuesday night with a 3-0 win over La Joya Lincoln in Laredo.

They next will meet Flour Bluff in the regional semifinals on Friday at 2 p.m. at Corpus Christi’s Cabaniss Field.

The region finals will be on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Cabaniss Field.
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