Lady Tigers sweep Rice

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A three-goal game from Jessica Vital and a two-goal game from Jenna Forrester powered Sealy to a victory over the Lady Riders of Rice, earning a season-sweep and improving its district record to 5-2.

In addition, it was the second shutout goalkeeper Sofia Olvera registered against Rice, logging a 4-0 win to open district play and adding this 6-0 win to remain perfect against the Lady Raiders.

In the initial win, three different goal scorers compiled the four goals and it was the same case the second time around, Vital and Forrester just picked up more of the slack.

The senior captain in Vital registered another hat trick in her final year, giving the Lady Tigers some breathing room before Forrester only added onto the comfort.

Olvera finished the job out and closed the door on the hosts of Rice to retain their third-place standing in the district behind only Needville and Fulshear.

That momentum was carried into Monday’s matchup in Stafford with the Lady Spartans who sit right behind the Lady Tigers in fourth place in District 23.

During the initial meeting at the beginning of this month, Sealy showed its dominance with a 5-0 victory over Stafford where four of the goals came in the second half of play.

Freshman Destinee Castillo registered a hat trick and Vital added a pair of goals to add some insurance in the tie-breaking situation over the Lady Spartans if needed.

Penalty kicks seemed to be the hot topic in Stafford as both the boys’ and girls’ games needed a shootout to determine the winner of the district tilt Monday night.

It was the first extra period of play for the Lady Tigers this year and that inexperience could have played a role in the 3-2 defeat.

With the game deadlocked a two through 80 minutes, it was clear that more time was needed to find a winner.

It was there that a pair of Sealy girls found the back of the net, but they needed another one to extend the shootout and did not get it, leaving Stafford with nothing else to do but celebrate the win.

However, the competitive battle did little to diminish the Lady Tigers’ confidence heading into the remainder of their schedule which includes only four more games.

The standings will only get closer and closer with each passing game and after the win over the Lady Spartans, Sealy head coach Adrian Rocha was a little extra excited because he knew just how important that win was going to be.

Every goal matters and he knew that would be important if the situation arises and the final goal in Castillo’s hat trick came with only seven seconds remaining and now that looks like one of the bigger goals of the season.

Now that the Lady Tigers and Stafford both have a win against each other, it will have to come down to the goal differential where Sealy now holds a 9-5 advantage.

Rocha added that his squad is beginning to see that they have no other choice than to come with all they’ve got to close out the season the way they want to.

Redemption is next on the schedule for Rocha’s team with the Needville Lady Jays coming to town Friday night already owning a 7-0 decision over the soon-to-be hosts of Sealy.

After a bye on Monday, the Lady Tigers will be back in action a week from Friday with a trip to Brookshire’s Royal being the next box to check in the steps toward the postseason.

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