“It’s been 13 years of playing together,” said Audrey Jones and Rebecca Weaver, two of the eight A.C. Jones High seniors. Most of them have played together since they were five years old in local youth soccer leagues and teams.
“We ended our high school careers with a bang and we’ll leave behind a legacy for future teams to strive for,” said the two seniors.
The Lady Trojans did get a little help on Friday night from an unlikely source, the Harlandale Indians. The San Antonio girls defeated the front-running Pleasanton Eaglettes on Friday night 2-1 to drop the Eaglettes’ record in District 57-4A to 7-3. The Lady Trojans ended their district schedule with a 7-2-1 record to capture the undisputed title of district champs.
In Friday’s match at Veterans Memorial Stadium, Beeville scored first behind a Mary Larakers kick that traveled a good 30 yards and curved into the net beyond the reach of the Jaguar goal keeper. That first score came at the 36:29 mark for a 1-0 lead.
It was 2-0 about 18 minutes later as Calli Barber broke free in front of the net and got a kick by the keeper.
The Lady Trojans kept the ball on Floresville’s side of the field about 90 percent of the first half, but did not score for the rest of the first 40 minutes. It was 2-0 at the halftime intermission.
The Lady Trojans scored three more goals in the second half with Natalie Elder scoring off a Larakers corner kick. Rebecca Weaver took advantage on a cross kick from Erin Tabb for a 4-0 Beeville lead with just 3:53 left in the game.
The Lady Trojans tacked on one more goal as Elder made it 5-0 with a long kick that bent in and over the Floresville keeper.
The JHS defense of Jones, Jamie Blackwell, Mallorie Garcia, Sonia Calica, Alexandrea Casarez and keeper Morgan McKinney shut out the visitors with a lot of help from the Beeville bench.
“The girls fought real hard for this. They battled injuries and illnesses all season long. They really deserve to be district champs,” said head coach Robert Partida.
The playoff scenario has yet to be determined. The Lady Trojans have earned a first-round bye and should be back on the field the week after spring break.