Titans' girls fall in district soccer opener

Feb. 1, 2012 at 1:02 a.m.
Updated Jan. 31, 2012 at 8:01 p.m.

The statement will have to wait.

Misty Boenig said the Victoria East girls soccer team wanted to leave an imprint in the minds of future opponents in District 59-4A play with their performance Tuesday evening.

For the first 20 minutes of the Titans game against Corpus Christi Moody that was the case, as Valerie Rojas' fourth minute goal once again gave East an early lead.

However the final 20 minutes of the first half doomed Boenig's team, and their intentions, as they lost 3-1 to the visiting Lady Trojans. Goals from Santa and Kimberly Rocha as well as a deflection during a mad scramble allowed Moody to take the lead heading into halftime.

It's not what I expected," Boenig said. "I know that these girls are capable of performing much higher than they did tonight."

"Any time you take a loss it's tough, but to be the district opener, we were (trying) to make a statement to the district and it didn't happen. Now we move forward from this. There are things we want to work on and that is obviously what we are going to do."

Moody started the game in a 3-4-3 system, but they moved Santa Rocha from forward to defense because the speed of Rojas, Kirsten Haun, Jahnae Mata and Morgan Wyatt caused too many problems for the Lady Trojans.

"It was a tight game. They are a good team," said Moody girls soccer coach Albert Salinas. "Even when you score you have to worry about their speed. Their forwards were fast, a lot faster than our defense."

Kelsey Ferry had nine saves for East. All evening long the sophomore goalie threw her body around to catch, deflect or thwart the Lady Trojans crosses and shots that were coming her way.

"I have seen Kelsey come so far in just our season," Boenig said. "She is doing things she would have never done a month ago. She is being much braver and much more of a presence in the goal than she used to be. I am super excited, because every game I see her do more things and have more saves and more exciting play back there than before."

In all, Boenig said her young team was able to stop the Lady Trojans shots, one-on-one attacks and their crosses. Though her team allowed three goals, she was pleased with the effort of Ferry as well as freshman central defenders Madison Hawkins and Kendyl Charbula.

Salazar makes history as Warrior boys roll

Fabian Salazar, scored a hat trick to help Victoria West even its record to 5-5-1 on the season. More importantly his production lifted the Warriors to a 6-0 win in their district opener against Corpus Christi Miller Tuesday night.

It was the first time in school history a boy at Victoria West scored three goals in a game. Ernesto Perez, Danny Valadez and Jorge Mazuca also scored for the Warriors as they improve to 1-0-0 in District 59-4A opener. Juan Gonzalez was in goal for the Warriors fifth shutout of the season.

East boys top CC Moody in physical slog

The deficit lasted all of 90 seconds before Cole Fimbel restored order in Victoria East's district opener. The goal in the tenth minute was the first of Fimbel's three goals as the Titans topped Moody 3-1 Tuesday night.

In a game that featured 30 fouls, four yellow cards and a Jorge Posada red card, the Titans (8-2-0, 1-0-0) were able to prevail in part because they didn't allow the Trojans (0-2-0, 0-0-1)too many quality shots on goalkeeper Ricky Stratmann.

Moody had 16 shots, but Stratman was only required to make four saves. With 20 minutes remaining Stratmann was at full extension to his left to keep out an Eden Gonzalez free kick to keep the score 2-1. Fimbel added his third goal with 5:14 remaining to seal the victory.

Victoria West girls steamroll Miller

Britany Gawlik scored a hat trick Tuesday night to help Victoria West win its District 59-4A opener against Corpus Christi Moody 10-0.

Sarah Warner scored two goals while Sydney Martino and Bryana Frazer also added goals for West. Shelbey Cade needed only two saves to record a shutout in her first game back from injury.

Freshman Elizabeth DiSanto, who filled in for injured Cade in goal, also scored for the Warriors. Victoria West improved to 8-2 on the season. They will host Rockport-Fulton Friday in Victoria.



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