Goose Creek Memorial’s Hailey Pequeno, 10,  pushes the ball up the field Tuesday night during the Lady Patriots home opening 3-0 win against Sam Rayburn. GCM is now 4-0.

Lady Patriots break free in later stages for 3-0 win

A mixture of young and old has gotten together to form a Goose Creek Memorial girls soccer team which has started the campaign on a positive note.

Coming off a season-opening title at the Angleton Tournament this past weekend, the Lady Patriots returned to Baytown for their home opener Tuesday against Sam Rayburn and after a slow start rolled to a 3-0 win.

“I don’t want to jinx us too much, but they are surprising me,” said head coach Roman Huizar. “The freshmen are still learning. To be 4-0, I didn’t think we would be in this position at this time, but hopefully we can keep the momentum going forward. These early tests are good for these players. I am really excited to see where we are and what we can achieve later on.”

The Lady Patriots had the better opportunities to score in the first half hour and missed a few opportunities to record the game’s first score but were left wanting on their finishing touch.

They finally got through late in the first half when Kayleen Figueroa struck the back of the onion bag to put GCM on top heading into the halftime.

“We were creating chances and it was back-and-forth, we just couldn’t capitalize and their goalie was coming out with some good saves,” Huizar said. “Our precision and passing was going well, we just couldn’t find the back of the net.”

The hosts broke out in the second half with goals by Fatima Medrano and Tania Rodriguez finished off the win.

“We dominated the second half and I don’t think they even had a shot on goal on us,” Huizar said.

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