The Robert E. Lee girls soccer team may have lost 6-1 to Santa Fe Tuesday night, but progress is clear.
A year ago, the team struggled a year ago in District 22-5A where now they force the opposition to battle to win.
“We’re definitely seeing improvement,” REL head coach Jon Cherry said. “Like I told the seniors I wish I had them for four years because I have seen them grow by leaps and bounds just since their junior years.
“Some of the teams we plays are just so far ahead experience-wise and so it looks like we are playing catch up.”
After a slow start where REL (1-6, 0-3) gave up two, quick early things settled and Santa Fe had to grind to pull away.
“We are trying to get em to step up and take ownership,” Cherry said. “We don’t want people coming here and thinking Lee is a piece of cake. We want them to battle for hat ball and not be timid on a 50-50 challenge.
“The girls don’t quit and do everything we ask them to do.”
La Porte girls 3, RSS 0
Sterling fell to 0-3 in district play.
Barbers Hill girls 3, PAM 0
J’Lynn Falcon, Allison Gatlin and Cadence Sanders all scored for Barbers Hill (7-5-1, 2-1).
Madeleine Johnson and Ashlyn Bolieu added assists for the Lady Eagles.
GCM girls 2, Texas City 1
Ariana Veliz and Fatima Medrano each scored for the GCM girls soccer team that moved to 13-0-1 overall and 3-0 in District 22-5A with a huge, litmus test win.
"It was a hard-fought game on both sides," GCM head coach Roman Huizar said. "It was a huge three points for us."
GCM boys 1, Texas City 0
Ethan Rangel scored the winner for the Patriots who recorded their first district win of the season.
REL boys 6, Santa Fe 0
Gilbert Nunez, Daniel Linares, Josue Olvera, Efren Flores, Santiago Valadez and Jhonathan Moreno all scored to move REL to 2-0-1 in district play.
"We came out on the front foot and put them under pressure and kept them there for most of the match," REL head coach Jay Langlois said. "Our defenders played magnificently. They were on time every time. Santa Fe was very physical but we were able to match their physicality. We are happy to leave there with three points."
RSS boys 3, La Porte 1
Tony Hernandez scored twice and Ahmad Saif added another goal for the winning Rangers.
"It was a defensive battle - we led 1-0 at halftime," RSS head coach Archie Wright said. "We pulled away late."
PAM 3, BH 3 (shootout loss)