Kennedy Tristan, 3, and the Goose Creek Memorial girls soccer team moved to 12-0-1 overall and 2-0 in District 22-5A with a dominant 5-1 win over Crosby Friday night. (Photo by Kim Keefer)

Early deficit turned aside by GCM in easy district win

They may have taken the first punch, but the Goose Creek Memorial Lady Patriots soccer team delivered the knockout punch.

Again and again and again.

After giving up a rare goal – early on a penalty – the Lady Patriots rolled up their sleeves and got down to business playing near flawless soccer for the last 60 minutes of a 5-1 defeat of visiting Crosby Friday night.

GCM (12-0-1, 2-0) took out Crosby who brought a physical style that officials allowed to go unimpeded over long chunks of time and the Lady Patriots did more than answer the challenge.

“We knew coming in they had beaten us twice last year and would be confident,” GCM head coach Roman Huizar said. “We haven’t been down early this year and it was nice to see us react and score one.

“Once we settled down and played the way we wanted to play, we were able to put the ball though the gaps and the girls made great runs and had some of the better finishes we’ve had all season.”

Ariana Veliz scored on a long, direct kick, Tania Rodriguez put one home off the wing and Kennedy Tristan pounced on a free ball in front of the Crosby goal to account for GCM’s 3-1 halftime lead.

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