It marks the second year in a row that the Queens have gone back to Del Rio with the tournament title. It was a mix of very good defensive play and an opportune offense that gave the Queens the win.
The title match was a scoreless affair at the halftime break. Neither team could get a good bounce around the net to get a kick by the other team’s keeper.
The second half was a different story. The Queens scored early in the final 40 minutes and then tacked on another goal with just a little of 15 minutes left to play to go up 2-0.
The Beeville girls did not quit and just run out the final few minutes. They attacked. Victoria Elizalde made it a 2-1 game with 10 minutes left to play on a header off a cross kick by Alisa Patterson.
The Lady Trojans kept the pressure on in the waning minutes but the Del Rio defense kept things under control and the buzzer sounded with the Queens still in front 2-1.
The Beeville defense also played well with strong defensive showings from senior Leslie Alaniz and Katelynn Willeford along with juniors Taylor Castillo, Sydney Wesson and Helen Sierra.
To get to the title match, the Lady Trojans defeated Alice in Friday’s first game of the tournament. The final in that one was a 2-1 win for the Beeville girls. Goals came from Niki Longoria with an assist from Anisa Cantu. Cantu then got a goal of her own off an assist from Erika Martin. The Beeville girls got strong defensive play from Sierra and Castillo. Keeper Monica Garza had three saves with six shots on her goal.
In the Friday afternoon contest, the Lady Trojans worked hard for a 1-0 win over El Paso Bowie. Cantu scored the only goal on a kick to the corner of the net off an assist from Helen Sierra. Garza recorded the first shutout of the year for the Lady Trojans with four saves in the game.
“I am very proud of the way these girls played on Friday, overcoming injuries and missing many players, to step up and win to get to the championship game,” said head coach Jessica Pittman on Friday afternoon after the two matches.
The Lady Trojans played host to the Victoria East Titans on Tuesday night and will compete in a tournament this weekend in New Braunfels that begins on Thursday night and runs through Saturday.