MONT BELVIEU – Bonnie Landry wanted her Barbers Hill Lady Eagles to get to work the minute she took over as the girls soccer head coach last spring.
So far, that approach has worked for Landry and the Lady Eagles as they officially punched their ticket to the Class 5A bi-district playoff round with an uneven, but effective, 3-2 home win against Vidor Friday night.
Barbers Hill is 7-3 in District 21-5A play and have clinched third place with a slim chance at the second spot, but would have to win its final two games while Nederland needs to lose it’s last pair of contests.
Barbers Hill won at Vidor 4-1 earlier this season.
“We won because we have that play with your heart mentality; we are fighters,” Landry said. “We didn’t have some of our starters. but we had some girls step up. We went in a little too comfortable and thought we had it in the bag.
“That hustle factor was just a little bit off for us.”
Fernanda Ochoa scored in the fifth minute to give Barbers Hill and early lead that melted into a 1-1 tie at intermission.
Emily Green scored midway into the second half to push Barbers Hill back up a goal and they added a final goal late in the contest off of a J’Lynn Falcon score that came off a touch of the ball that rolled past the goaltender who mishandled the play and allowed the score.
Vidor scored in the waning seconds to close the gap.
Landry was pleased that even though her team didn’t play as well as they would have liked, it did find a way to win despite not playing its best.
Although that is a pattern the Lady Eagles coach would prefer not to see start any time soon.
“Nothing is free, every minute you got to work for every goal and we have to be workers,” she said. “Nothing is going to be given to you all. We found a way to fight through some obstacles.”
With two matches remaining before the playoffs, Landry wants to see her team work more on improving their link up and connecting passes for longer possession.
“The playoffs gives the girls a sense of confidence, but there is room for improvement always,” Landry said. “It’s all about being a part of something bigger than yourselves.”
GCM 4, Galena Park 0
The Lady Patriots (21-1-1, 11-1) got two goals apiece from Tania Rodriguez and two scores and an assist from Kennedy Tristan to roll to a district road win that secured a top-two spot in the standings.
“It was a good game for us,” GCM head coach Roman Huizar said. “We scored our first two goals in the first five minutes and it was an all around solid team win.”
Ball 1, REL 0
The Lady Ganders fell in a close contest after allowing an own goal in the first half.
“Our girls passed the ball real well to get down the field and create chances,” REL head coach Jon Cherry said. “Defensively we played strong at the back. It’s just a shame to give up an own goal that a defender accidentally knocked in.”
Deer Park 9, RSS 0
Sterling is 3-8 in district and out of playoff contention.