MONT BELVIEU – It might have been an ideal finish, but the Barbers Hill Lady Eagles soccer team’s 3-1 double-overtime defeat Friday against District 21-5A rival Port Neches-Groves was a sign of progress even in defeat.
“Our theme is about going to work,” Barbers Hill head coach Bonnie Landry said. “That’s what happened tonight. The hustle factor was there and having that heart. We might not be as skilled, but we will have the heart. Our girls never give up.”
The teams were locked into a 0-0 halftime tie before the Indians scored early into the second half off a corner kick.
Lady Eagle Jacie Meredith knotted the match late in regulation to send the game into the extra session.
PNG pulled away with a goal in each 10-minute overtime period.
Landry was happy with the effort, but not the result as Barbers Hill stands at 8-5-2 overall and 3-1-1 in district play, good enough for a playoff spot if the season ended today.
Finishing in front of net is one of a few areas Landry hopes to see improvement on despite the positive sign of the team’s intent going forward.
“We need to continue to work on fundamentals and knowledge of the game,” Landry said. “We need to work on set pieces better and mark
ing better on the corner kicks. We also have to capitalize on counter attacks when we have the opportunities.”
GCM 4, Ball 2
Tania Gonzalez, Kayleen Figueroa, Jailynn Lopez and Kennedy Tristan scored for GCM (16-0-1) which is 6-0 in District 22-5A before Tuesday’s home showdown with fellow unbeatens Friendswood.
“It wasn’t a good game for us despite the win,” GCM head coach Roman Huizar said. “We didn’t look sharp and let Ball hang around. ”
RSS 1, C.E. King 1 (shootout win)
The Lady Rangers won a second District 21-6A contest with a penalty kick victory.
Myrka Perez scored RSS’ goal in regulation and the shootout winner.
Friendswood 6, REL 0
The Lady Ganders remain winless in District 22-5A after falling at Friendswood.
“The girls played really well against a great team,” REL head coach Jon Cherry said. “We had 11 playing defense as a team. I am super proud of their effort.”