In their last non-district match of the season, the Sealy Lady Tigers played the first competition on the Mark A. Chapman Field in T.J. Mills Stadium last week. The team had practiced on the turf field leading up to the match but their faceoff against Hargrave was the first official competition held on the new field.
Unfortunately, the excitement of being the first to play on the turf quickly wore off as the Lady Tigers went into halftime down 2-0. The deficit only grew as the Falcons scored 15 minutes later to make it 3-0. From there, the became much more physical in terms of fighting for possession with players on both teams taking part.
“We just have to learn how to stay calm and focused because we’re there and we’re ready for districts and they played really well even the subs,” Head Coach Adrian Rocha said.
The match quickly got out of hand for the Lady Tigers as Hargrave put up four more goals before time was reached with one goal coming off a penalty kick with just under 17 minutes left in the match and another coming in the final seconds to cap off the victory, 7-0.
It was the second straight loss for Sealy and pushed their record to 4-10 but Rocha said the team is now entering the key stretch of the season where they can show what they’re capable of.
“I think we did a much better of staying on their man and marking on the defensive side and that helped us push the ball further up the field,” Rocha said. “We just have to make sure we’re taking advantage of all the opportunities we can get and that’s how we’ll start winning matches.”
Despite the seven goals, Rocha praised the work of his keeper pointing out several key stops she made when the match was still within reach. Rocha said the defense has to continue to improve if they are to be successful.
“We have to hustle and make sure that we’re communicating with the keeper because she does a great job of communicating from her end so we just have to make sure we’re doing the same thing for her,” he said.
As for being the first to break in the new turf, Rocha said it was an honor for him and the team to be given the opportunity.
“It’s very different but in a good, cool way and it just shows that Sealy is a great community that has allowed us to play on it and people came out today to watch it and just gives us a lot of pride,” Rocha said.
The Lady Tigers will begin district play against Stafford this Friday and will play their first home district match against Needville the following Monday. Both matches are scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m.