HOUSTON – So far, the December-May composed roster for the Goose Creek Memorial Lady Patriots soccer team appears to be working out just fine.
The Lady Patriots are 8-0-1 this season using a combination of freshmen, raw talent and a plethora of skilled, veteran seniors.
Houston Waltrip learned emphatically Friday just how well the GCM way is working.
Using a quick, early burst and clinical insurance goals, the Lady Patriots rolled to a comprehensive, 4-0 win at Waltrip as Tania Rodriguez scored twice and Fatima Medrano and Kayleen Figueroa each tallied a goal.
The scary thing, according to head coach Roman Huizar, is that his Lady Patriots didn’t show their ‘A’ game against a three-time defending district championship team.
Waltrip entered the game with the benefit of a home field covered in thick grass that slowed down the passing game on both sides.
Despite its efforts to possess the ball, Waltrip was unable to get any rhythm going as the senior-dominated GCM wings and freshmen midfield create plenty of turnovers.
“This by far wasn’t our sharpest game of the season,” Huizar said. “Maybe the surface played a factor to a point or this being our first game in over a week. But as we move closer to district we have to be more consistent in our possession build up and finishing.”
The Lady Patriots could have led by more than 3-0 at halftime if not for some missed strikes on mistimed kicks on balls that were thrown off normal rhythm due to field conditions.
Some? They were just plain old misses.
In the second half we missed four shots inside the six-yard box,” Huizar said. “We will take the win, and learn from it.”
Huizar and his team now has two key road games to wrap pre-district play at 7 p.m. Vidor on Tuesday and 1 p.m. Saturday at Sterling High School
“Vidor will be a big test for us as they have been consistently good these five or six years.” Huizar said. “Sterling is a rivalry game and for my young players a good test for them as we move into district.”
Pasadena Memorial 5, REL 0
Following a strong opening win, the Robert E. Lee girls soccer team saw its slate even up Friday with a 5-0 defeat against Class 6A Pasadena Memorial.
“The girls battled hard, but we couldn’t get through their defense: They had some really good players,” REL head coach Jon Cherry said. “We play at Katy Tompkins at their place Tuesday and know it will be a battle.”