It was not the ideal way to lose a match for the Sterling Lady Rangers soccer team.
Head coach Clyde Messiah went into halftime against North Shore Friday night, optimistic that his squad was only down 2-0 behind two defensive errors in front of the goalkeeper.
The same bugaboo struck again early after halftime, but then, following 20-plus good minutes of play, any good feelings were washed away in the last 20 minutes.
The North Shore girls scored six goals in those final stages of play and went home 9-0 victors in District 21-6A play.
“We completely imploded in the second half,” RSS head coach Clyde Messiah said. “The last 25 minutes of the game were a complete meltdown. Our defenders started chasing and stabbing at the ball and lost 1-v-1 matchups.
“My biggest message after the game was remember the score and remember the motivation. Last year we lost 8-0 and they were eight goals better than us. But this year, they aren’t nine goals better than us.”
Messiah doesn’t deny his disappointment.
“The players are disappointed as well and it stung quite a bit as well,” Messiah said. “Hopefully we can turn it into motivation and get better because we play the No. 1 team in district (Deer Park) Tuesday.”
GCM girls 5, Santa Fe 1
The Lady Patriots moved to 4-0 in District 22-5A and remain in a first-place tie with Friendswood after a 5-1 road win against Santa Fe Friday night.
Kennedy Tristan and Tania Rodriguez each scored two goals for the Lady Patriots (14-0-1) while Lauren Benavides added one more tally.
“It was a good road win for us,” GCM head coach Roman Huizar said. “We started off slow: It took us about 15 minutes to settle in and then we took control. Us having the ability of switching the field was really affective for us.
“After a while, it opened up things in the midfield and allowed us to attack that space.”
GCM led 3-0 at halftime and cruised to the win despite a bumpy second half.
“In the second half we started really slow and they had the momentum,” Huizar said. “We took control back in the last 15 minutes.”
Galena Park girls 9, REL 0
The Lady Ganders remained winless in District 22-5A play.
GCM boys 2, Santa Fe 1
The Patriots shook loose from a scoreless first half to win behind scores by Jonathan Diaz and Michael Muratalla.
Jonathan Roman assisted both tallies for the Patriots who are not 2-2 in district play.
REL boys 2, Santa Fe 2
Daniel Linares and Jhonathan Moreno scored for the Ganders who are 2-0-2 in district play and are in third place behind Friendswood and Crosby.