Picasso powers Lady Tigers

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Sealy head coach Adrian Rocha mentioned his team did not feel nervous ahead of their first district game of the year against the Rice Consolidated Raiders.

Instead, a feeling of excitement was talked about, and shared, and ultimately led to a three-goal outburst to start the game.

By the time the clock ticked down to show 24:24, three different Lady Tigers found the back of the net, leaving the Rice goalkeeper with only the words; “We can’t let them score again.”

They were able to accomplish that feat, for the rest of the half.

But Rocha saw that his team was really communicating with each other which was leading to chance after chance and the frazzled goalie couldn’t keep up, quickly finding herself and her team in a hole in their first district competition.

Dania Picasso opened the scoring not five minutes into the game, cleaning up her own rebound to break the scoreless tie before the 35-minute mark.

By the end of the night Sealy racked up its fair share of corner kicks but one of them in the first half was run to succession, with Hattie Schalla providing the ricocheting touch to place the ball where it could only find the net and increase the hosts’ lead to 2-0.

Jess Vital wanted in on the fun and added a goal after working her way past the final line of defense and handily beat the last obstacle in the keeper to make the score 3-0 in a head-spinning 15 minutes.

However, that would be the end of the production for the rest of the half and Rocha knew that with every point making the difference in district competition, this game wasn’t quite over yet.

But he mentioned his squad failed to consistently connect the way they did to start the game and with less communication came less scoring opportunities following the other bookending score that was also provided by Picasso.

Rocha added that a couple weeks ago he made some tweaks to his lineup that included moving Picasso up to be more involved with the attack but an injury sidelined her for a brief period of time.

Now, he mentioned, she was healthy and ready to go again and she made her presence known.

In the first 20 minutes of the second half, Picasso found the back of the net again, being led in behind the defense for a wide-open shot that she placed where the keeper could only watch it go over her head and under the post to make the score a more unsurmountable 4-0 with about 25 minutes left to play.

Although he said more goals would have put him more at ease, “I’ll take the 4-0,” Rocha stated, notching the first district win of the year for a young Lady Tiger squad that will get a real taste of what’s to come in the rest of the slate with Friday’s matchup with the Stafford Spartans.

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