Lady Tigers hit the pitch for real

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The Sealy Lady Tiger soccer team took the field for its first regular-season action at the tail end of the holiday break last week, playing four games in a tournament at Waller High School.

Although the results weren’t exactly what head coach Adrian Rocha might have been looking for, the team did make improvements compared to the same tournament they played in to kick off last season. Sealy’s season started against the same team that ended its playoff run last year in the Brazosport Exporters.

Despite a late goal from the Lady Tigers in the bi-district round, the visiting Lady Exporters potted one of their own in the final minutes, moving on to the area round where their season came to an end at the hands of regional semifinalist Hargrave Falcons.

In the 2020 season-opening rematch, Brazosport notched a 3-0 win although Sealy had little time to dwell on the loss with a matchup against the rival Bellville Brahmanettes coming up next. Although the Lady Tigers found themselves on the short end of the 9-1 decision, Rocha added that they didn’t score at all in the first day of last year’s tournament.

Junior classmates Olayne Silva and Destinee Castillo teamed up for the score with the latter registering the goal to provide a silver lining from day one.

“It was a good tournament overall, not what I wanted but at least we hit one of the goals we established,” Rocha said. “Compared to last year’s record it was better this time around.”

Sealy had only one game on its slate for the second day of play against a District 23-4A-D1 foe in the Fulshear Chargers, who were crowned district champions after an undefeated campaign. The Lady Tigers fell in both regular-season meetings to Fulshear last year, both 5-0 scores, but lost 3-0 in Waller.

In the final day of action, Sealy matched up with the Splendora Wildcats who beat them 4-1 in last year’s tournament. The 2020 rematch, however, ended in a scoreless tie to close play in the Waller Classic.

With still more work to, Rocha and the Lady Tigers squared off with Bellville once again earlier this week before heading to the San Bernard Classic in West Columbia this weekend with the Dickinson Gators and Shadow Creek Sharks on the slate.

“We got experience, we also got the feeling of a couple of teams that we’ll see later in the season,” Rocha said of what the team gained in their start to the season. “The freshmen did a great job because they haven’t played at the high school level and they adjusted to what I was telling them to do they were trying to get used to playing with those other girls because they haven’t played with those other girls yet.”

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