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Lady Trojan soccer prepares for district
by Bruce Harper
Jan 26, 2013 | 839 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CORPUS CHRISTI — Early season soccer tournaments help a coach and his or her team to evaluate players and give the teams much-needed experience playing together.

The Lady Trojans got plenty of both last weekend as they competed in the Corpus Christi ISD tournament that draws teams from all over South Texas.

The Beeville girls opened with a tough match with the McAllen Memorial Mustangs. The 5A Lady Mustangs took advantage of a flat Beeville performance to post a 1-0 win over the Lady Trojans.

“We didn’t play well at all. The girls came out flat, no communication, possession or movement. It was the worst 40 minutes of soccer all year,” said head coach Don Ledesma.

It was Trojans vs. Trojans in round two of pool play. The Moody girls had to deal with a Beeville squad that needed to rebound from the first contest. The Beeville girls, behind two goals from Heather McKinney, controlled the entire game for a 2-0 victory.

The Tuloso-Midway Cherokees were up next, a rematch from earlier in the week in which the Lady Trojans blanked the T-M squad 4-0.

The Lady Trojans found that the Cherokees wanted a little revenge. It was a 1-0 match at the half with the T-M squad in front. The Beeville girls attacked in the second half, and McKinney scored two quick goals to defeat the Cherokees 2-1.

“The team came out with a better attitude and intensity in second half. I was proud at how the girls came back,” said Ledesma.

The Lady Trojans then dealt with the Ray Lady Texans. It was a 2-0 victory for Beeville.

“The girls controlled the entire match. We missed several opportunities to score more but got two goals from Carmen Rojas to get the win,” Ledesma said.

The final match of the tourney on Saturday had the Lady Trojans on the field against the 5A Carroll Tigers.

The Beeville girls played short-handed in this match. A few injuries kept the Lady Trojans from fielding a full varsity squad against Carroll. The team played well and kept it a scoreless contest until late in the second half when the Tigers came through with one goal for the 1-0 win.

A few no calls also played a part in the outcome of the tournament’s finale, according to coach Ledesma.

“I am extremely proud of the girls overall and how they have been able to maintain a high level of performance considering our extremely low numbers. In my 13 years of coaching club, high school and college, I have never seen a group of young ladies go what we have been through and still manage to keep our composure, continue to work hard and maintain high level of play,” Ledesma said.

The Lady Trojans still can improve and will need to finish those chances they get at the goal.

“The bottom line is we have to finish our opportunities better and must come out early in matches with more intensity. We have yet to play a complete game with the intensity we are looking for, so we are looking forward to even better results once we accomplish that feat,” Ledesma said.

The Lady Trojans finished second in the Silver Bracket of the CCISD tournament with the 3-2 record.
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