“It was a great game last night. Great effort, attitude and overall performance, with the key being that our goals were quality goals, and we had a much better attitude than the first time we played them,” said head coach Don Ledesma.
The offense clicked behind five goals from Victoria Elizalde. Four of her goals accounted for all of the first half scoring in the match as the Lady Trojans jumped on the Jags early and often.
It took a while for things to get rolling the Lady Trojans’ way. It was a 0-0 contest for the first 18 minutes of the first half. Elizalde then went to work with help from her teammates.
Elizalde scored at the 22:07 mark of the first half to break the scoring drought. It was 2-0 about eight minutes later, and it took a little over a minute to bring the score to 3-0 as Elizalde eased her third goal past the Floresville keeper with 13:12 still left on the clock in the first half.
That was plenty of time for the Lady Trojans to get in close for their fourth goal of the first 20 minutes. Elizalde was out front of the goal and her kick found the back of the net for a 4-0 lead with almost seven minutes left in the first half.
That’s four goals scored in a span of 16 minutes of play for Elizalde and the Jones High ladies.
The 4-0 score remained through the halftime break, but the Beeville girls made it 5-0 on a kick by Anisa Cantu with just two minutes off the clock in the second half.
Four minutes later, Elizalde slipped in her fifth goal of the match to make the final a 6-0 Beeville victory. The final 33 minutes of the contest was scoreless as the hosts eased up on their offensive drives.
“We have faced many obstacles all year, and as stated before, our response to adversity will be the key to our success. The young ladies have carried us through difficult times, but now it’s time to put our hearts on the line and show people what our character is, who we are and develop an identity for a long and successful playoff run,” Ledesma said.
The Trojan defense was good all night but had limited opportunities to shine as the Beeville offense kept the ball on the Jags side of the field for a vast majority of the time. Taylor Castillo, Sydney Wesson, Celeste Contreras and Claire McKinney along the back line of defense thwarted every Floresville attempt at goal. Keeper Randi Maupin was never really threatened.
Midfielders and forwards Tori Muñoz, MacKenzie Harvey, Niki Longoria and Cantu along with Kennedy Treviño and sweeper Heather McKinney kept the Jags in their end of the field.
The Lady Trojans were off on Tuesday night but will travel to Pleasanton on Friday night for another district battle with the Eaglettes.
“We need to accept the task at hand and try to win district. Every game we play from here on out will be most important game all year,” said Ledesma.