PREP SOCCER ROUNDUP: Bay City routs West girls, 5-1
Jan. 28, 2012 at 12:01 a.m.
Updated Jan. 27, 2012 at 7:28 p.m.
BAY CITY - Getting an early goal in a soccer match is usually not the catalyst for a heavy defeat. Nevertheless, that was the fate of the Victoria West girls soccer team Friday night as they lost 5-1 to an inspired Bay City team.
Sydney Martino's shot four minutes into the game was the first attack for the Warriors. The junior forward's right-footed shot deflected off a defender, before bouncing into the goal to give Victoria West an early lead.
Victoria West head coach James McCarter clapped his hands and roared "sometimes things work," when Martino's shot beat Bay City goalkeeper Kim Reed.
"We put Sydney up there with Anhila (Rocha), which are two shooters. We talked before the game about wanting to get something early and see if we could put pressure on them. I think we kicked a hornet's nest."
Less than a minute later, Bay City was bearing in on freshman Liz DiSanto's goal. Somehow the Lady Cats found a way to hit their shot off the goalpost from three yards away. Victoria West (6-5) would not be so fortunate the rest of the evening.
Bay City (3-2-1) unleashed 22 shots, 17 of which were on goal, in a game they dominated. DiSanto, playing for the injured Shelbey Cade, had 12 saves and helped keep the game within striking distance until the final 10 minutes.
Injuries to Cade and other defenders required McCarter to reconfigure his defense.
"We didn't play very well. Bay City is a good team, they have some talented girls and we didn't play very well with them tonight," McCarter said, adding his team was not in synch. "That's something we have to work on."
Meanwhile, the Lady Cats, undefeated in their past four games, have begun to hit their stride. Head coach Darin Dabelgott said Friday's performance was the best of the season for his team.
"Things are starting to click," Dabelgott said. "I know in the (Crossroads Classic) we didn't do well and things didn't click."
Rachel Schumacher scored a hat trick and added an assist for the Lady Cats. Skyler Mineau and Madison McDonald also added goals for Bay City. However, it was the junior winger Schumacher that tormented the Warriors defense.
Each of Schumacher's three goals featured her running onto the ball, taking one touch- always toward the center of the field-and a right-footed shot that was nearly impossible to stop.
Schumacher scored in the 10th and 17th minute to erase the Bay City deficit. Six minutes into the second half, her cross for the onrushing McDonald gave Bay City a 3-1 lead and essentially the victory.
Rocha has been a revelation for Victoria West this early in her freshman season, but outside of her assist on Martino's goal, Bay City did not let her get into dangerous spaces where she could punish them.
"Victoria is at the level we want to play at," Dabelgott said. "The fact that we jumped in there and got after it, that makes us feel good."
Bay City scored two goals in the final 10 minutes of the game to cap off the type of performance Dabelgott has sought all season from his team.
EAST BEATS PALACIOS; DISTRICT OPENS TUESDAY
PALACIOS - Cole Fimbel scored two goals for the Titans, as East beat Palacios 4-2 Friday night.
Fimbel opened the scoring on a penalty kick with a goal on the 11th minute. He added his second goal in the 55th minute on an indirect kick, with an assist to Casey Brown.
Joel Gonzalez and Mario Seguera also scored.
The Titans open district on Tuesday against Corpus Christi Moody at home at 8 p.m.
WEST BOYS SPLIT TWO AT SEGUIN TOURNAMENT
SEGUIN - Victoria West split its first two games during the Seguin Matador Soccer Tournament Friday.
West topped San Antonio Highlands 1-0 when Ernesto Perez' goal was assisted by his cousin Hector Mendoza. Jose Trevino and Juan Gonzalez combined for the shutout, the fourth of the season for the Warriors.
Earlier Friday, the Warriors fell to Austin Akins 4-2. Bill Tally's team had a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes behind goals from Fabian Salazar and Diego Perez. A goal just before halftime allowed the Eagles to get back into the game, before eventually overtaking West.
The Warriors 3-4-1 play Seguin Saturday morning before finishing the two-day tournament in the afternoon.