The Lady Trojans got right after the Cards on Tuesday when forward Victoria Elizalde took a long drop-kick from keeper Randi Maupin. Elizalde flicked it over her closest defender to set up a one-on-one match up with the Lady Card goal keeper.
Elizalde got her kick into the back of the net, past the keeper for a 1-0 lead with just 55 seconds gone in the first half.
The Beeville girls had the upper hand most of the night and made it a 2-0 contest 13 minutes later, as Alisa Patterson picked up a loose ball in the box and kicked it past the Cardinal keeper for the 2-0 advantage.
Jones High head coach Jessica Pittman substituted regularly after the second goal. The Lady Trojans looked to be on their way to a rout of the Cards, but their luck failed them the rest of the first half. The Southside girls kept several Beeville shots on goal out of the net to keep it a 2-0 contest at halftime.
The second half was more of a defensive contest with neither team forcing any offensive action. The Southside girls did take advantage of a free kick about 10 yards outside of the box in front of the Beeville goal. The kick by Zeltzin Soriano made it over the outstretched hands of Beeville goal keeper Monica Garza, making it a 2-1 contest with just over six minutes left.
“The goal from the free kick kept the Lady Trojans from the shutout, but we quickly answered with a final goal, again from Patterson,” said Pittman.
That final goal came with 2:39 left on the scoreboard clock and gave the Lady Trojans a little insurance for the 3-1 victory.
Keeper Maupin had a clean sheet and three saves, while Garza had one goal against and two saves.
“We got strong defensive play from Taylor Castillo, Katelynn Willeford and Anisa Cantu,” Pittman said.
The Lady Trojans hosted the Harlandale Lady Indians on Friday at 5:30 p.m. The Harlandale girls are currently second in district with a 1-0-2 record.
The Lady Trojans will travel to Floresville on Tuesday evening to take on the Jaguars.
The JV match was canceled.
Bruce Harper is the sports editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 123, or at sports@mySouTex.com.