The prospect of the Victoria West girls soccer team regaining its health just as the district season kicks off must be an upsetting thought for opponents.
Especially if they keep doing what they did Tuesday night.
The Warriors breezed past Rockport-Fulton 6-0 in their District 59-4A opener. The win was the Warriors first game since a shutout victory over Corpus Christi King on Jan. 19, but it didn't impact their goalscoring.
"We've been practicing a lot and working together well," said senior Marisol Serna. "We've been learning how to talk, so we were ready for this game. We had this team on our mind. Now, we're ready for Ray. We have it set in our minds that 'This is it' and we're going to be ready to play. We practiced all week, prepared for Rockport and did what we had to do."
Anhila Rocha scored in the third minute and the Warriors (6-4, 1-0) were off and rolling. The sophomore eventually added her 15th and 16th goals of the season.
Serna doesn't find the net as frequently as her teammate, so when she scored West's fourth goal in the 37th minute, she hopped around and celebrated with big hugs from her teammates.
Rockport (6-4-2, 0-1) didn't clear a Rocha corner kick and Serna was there to try a long distance shot. She had the wind at her back, so her high, arching shot was too much for Pirates goalkeeper Ada Torres to handle.
Perhaps the only person happier than Marisol was her grandmother Andra Serna. Moments after Marisol scored, Andra was on the phone with Marisol's father recapping the series of events.
"It's good. She really doesn't know the game of soccer, but its great to have her here," Serna said of her grandmother's loud and energetic cheering. "Every time I touch the ball I can hear her."
Her grandmother had a lot of reasons to yell Tuesday. West took 13 shots, but nine of them were on goal. Celine Wappler scored the final goal in the 52nd minute and a Rocha corner kicked induced the visitors into committing an own goal in the first half.
"We got healthy. The girls came out with a lot of enthusiasm," said Victoria West head coach James McCarter. "We got better as the game went on about being aggressive. That's some of the things we talked about: going after the ball, winning some of the 50-50 (balls). As the game progressed they got the idea of being a little aggressive. The time off helped us."
It didn't hurt that Rockport's biggest goal scoring threat, who was the district's Offensive MVP last year, watched the game in her letterman jacket and a pink cast on her right foot.
Kennah Leal's absence meant Victoria West goalkeeper Liz DiSanto didn't have much to do Tuesday night. The first time thee sophomore had a touch of any kind was a goal kick in the 22nd minute.
DiSanto finished with three saves, all of which were in the second half.
"The last two days of practice the girls have started to talk and to see where each other are. They are making through passes and seem to play much better together. That showed tonight."
GIRLSVICTORIA EAST 2, CC MOODY 1
Coraima Grifaldo helped Victoria East eke out a 2-1 win over Corpus Christi Moody on Tuesday night in the Titans District 59-4A opener.
The sophomore defender was moved into goal midway through he match with the Lady Trojans after Brisa Vazquez picked up an injury and recorded 11 saves.
Nanci Vazquez and Rachel Mansker scored goals in the second half to jumpstart the Titans (8-3-1) district campaign.
BOYSVICTORIA WEST 2, ROCKPORT-FULTON 0
Victoria West (10-1-1) recorded its ninth shutout in 12 games Tuesday night when it blanked Rockport 2-0 in its District 59-4A opener.
Diego Perez blasted a free kick home from 30 yards away to open the scoring in the 30th minute. His twin brother Ernesto assisted Hector Mendoza's team-leading seventh goal of the season in the 44th minute to double the lead.
Junior goalkeeper Juan Gonzalez hasn't allowed a goal in more than 280 minutes of play. Rockport-Fulton head coach John Jiminez said his team had a pair of early chances, didn't convert, and rued the misses the rest of the game.
CORPUS CHRISTI MOODY 1, VICTORIA EAST 0
Victoria East (2-8-1) lost its fourth straight game Tuesday night, falling fell to on the season after it lost its District 59-4A opener 1-0 Tuesday night.
Head coach Bobby Ramos said his team had a chance to tie the game in the final 30 seconds. However, it was not enough for the Titans.
ST. JOSEPH 1, AUSTIN REGENTS 1
St. Joseph hosted Austin Regents Tuesday afternoon. Flyers ace John Sardhina scored the lone goal for St. Joseph.
The 1-1 result ends a stretch of three consecutive losses in district play for the Flyers (5-9-1, 0-3-1). St. Joseph will face San Antonio TMI Saturday in a non-district contest.