Victoria West teammates Marisol Serna, right, and Anhila Rocha embrace after their loss to Flour Bluff at Cabaniss Stadium in Corpus Christi.
As of Monday, March 25, 2013
CORPUS CHRISTI — Flour Bluff ran past Victoria West and into the Class 4A area playoffs with a 4-1 victory Monday night.
“They are athletic, they are big physical girls and they play a lot of soccer,” said Victoria West soccer coach James McCarter. “We knew coming in it would be an uphill battle. We thought our defense could keep them down and keep it close until the end. They are just a good team. They took some shots and that’s what happens when you play good teams.”
West (9-11-2) ends its season in the Class 4A bi-district playoffs for the second straight season. Their opponents (17-6-3) advance to face San Antonio Harlandale.
Anhila Rocha’s goal in the 78th minute was a consolation for West.
The Lady Hornets, undefeated in their last 15 matches (12-0-3), knew West would be a challenging foe, but were ready for the Warriors style of physical defense and long ball offense.
“We were pretty fortunate to get the goals we got,” said Flour Bluff head coach Mario Lopez. “A couple of them in the first half were interesting, but they were all goals nonetheless.”
The first Lady Hornets goal was off an attempted cross that flashed across the goal and hit the goalpost in the 12th minute. Katrina Maldonado was there to stab the ball home. The other first half goal was off an uncharacteristic clearance from the Warriors defense that landed right at the feet of freshman center forward Caleigh Tucker.
Flour Bluff out shot the Warriors 22-8 on the night. However, the Warriors did have chances.
Sarah Warner had a free header at the back post following a corner kick in the 21st minute, but hit the crossbar. A goal in the 38th minute was waved off because the Warriors were judged to be offside. Rocha hit the crossbar with another free kick late in the second half.
Flour Bluff led 2-0 at halftime. The District 60-4A champions continued to attack the West defense that had been one of the team’s strengths in the last three games.
West defenders Rocha, Alex Vasquez, Nitzi Martinez and goalkeeper Liz DiSanto will all return next year. Stopper Suzanne Ashley was the only senior on the West back line.
More importantly, West will have to find someone to put the ball in the back of the net next year because the Warriors scored just one goal in 237 minutes before Rocha’s late blast.
“Those three are coming back,” McCarter said. "Maria Gonzalez is a junior this year and has improved enough where she has proven she will be there for me next year. We’ve just got to go out and develop some offense.”
Flour Bluff didn’t have a problem with its offense. Tucker got her second goal of the match in the 44th minute and a miscommunication in the back with five minutes left led to the Lady Hornets fourth.
Though the Warriors season is over, McCarter said he enjoyed coaching a group that kept things light, even after Monday’s elimination.
“They are a real positive group that really made this season a lot of fun,” McCarter said. It’s just a real good group of girls that like to have fun and work hard. It made it a lot of fun to be around them.”