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Lady Trojans head to Region IV semifinals
by Bruce Harper
Apr 12, 2013 | 860 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
LAREDO – It was a long way to travel for a soccer match, but the payoff was well worth it as the Lady Trojans delivered a 1-0 victory over the Mission Lady Eagles to advance to Friday’s Region IV semifinals in Class 4A.

The Beeville girls met Cedar Park at 6:30 p.m. at Cabaniss Sports Complex in Corpus Christi to try and advance to the region finals on Saturday. The other semifinals will be played at 4:30 p.m., also at Cabaniss, with Alamo Heights facing off against Victoria East. The winners of Friday’s matches will play for a trip to the state tournament on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Cabaniss.

Tuesday night, the Lady Trojans played with the wind the first half and had several chances, according to head coach Don Ledesma.

“I took the wind in the first half, thinking we would maybe put three goals in and then weather the strong wind that we knew was coming. We missed several opportunities in the first half to put the game away,” Ledesma said.

“We banged the post three times in the first half but finally got on the board with a header from Victoria (Elizalde) that was served by Heather (McKinney).”

The goal came off a corner kick that McKinney placed in front of the Mission goal. Elizalde gained position and was able to head the ball into the back of the net for the score – the only goal of the match.

The Lady Trojan defense was again superb. The Eagles did not get a shot on goal the entire first half.

“Our defense, anchored by Taylor Castillo, completely shut down any attack they had in the first half. In the second half, we still managed to create several opportunities, hitting the post three times again,” Ledesma said. “One shot by Tori Muñoz was blown out of the goal and into the post because the wind was so strong.”

The Mission offense got a couple of shots on goal in the second half, but Beeville keeper Randi Maupin came through with the saves to preserve the shutout.

“It was overall an outstanding effort. It was very difficult to play against that strong wind, especially with a team playing nothing but long ball,” Ledesma said.

“I am so proud of everyone; it was a massively spectacular effort.”

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