Lady Tigers open at home

Sealy battles Bellville, earns first wins at tournament

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After seeing the rival Bellville Brahmanettes at their season-opening soccer tournament in Waller, the Sealy Lady Tigers hosted the team up the road for a non-tournament, non-district tilt last Tuesday night on Mark A. Chapman Field at T.J. Mills Stadium.

The visitors got out of the gates hot with senior Allie Barnett finishing a hat trick with 11:50 remaining in the first half only to add another pair of goals before the halftime whistle. In addition, junior Julie Salguero collected a pair of goals in a five-minute span to make the Bellville lead 7-0 at intermission.

Barnett completed her second hat trick of the game with her sixth goal coming at the same mark in the second half, 11:50 to play. Complementing her second-half efforts was junior Kylie Springer who added a pair of goals herself to make the final score 10-0 in favor of the Brahmanettes for their second win in a week’s time over Sealy.

“Despite the score of this game, this was most definitely a very physical and intense match,” said Bellville head coach Catherine Landua. “Sealy started out both the first and second half very strong and were able to keep us from scoring in the first 20 minutes of each half. They were very fast and aggressive and battled it out until the end. It took our offense a little while to get going and then once we got that momentum, we were on fire. Barnett is a huge offensive threat on this team as she is our leading striker on goal.”

From the other sideline, Rocha was pleased with his team’s effort regardless of the score on the board and looked forward to getting back out on the field for last weekend’s San Bernard Classic in West Columbia.

“They didn’t give up, the defense kept it together there’s only so much they could do,” he said. “Like I told them, this will prepare them for district. I really don’t care about this; I care about district because that’s what will get them to the playoffs. If we feel the burn now, later when it comes to district we’ll remember that burn and we won’t want that burn again so this just makes them stronger.”

What also helped get the team stronger was more fierce competition in West Columbia at the San Bernard Classic where the Lady Tigers registered their first win of the season. After dropping their first contest of the day last Thursday 8-0 at the hands of West Columbia, Sealy bounced back with a 2-1 win over Dickinson where Destinee Castillo played a part in both goals. Valerie Villagomez assisted Castillo on her first-half goal before Castillo was on the assisting end of Dania Picasso’s game-winner to collect the initial win of the season.

Friday saw just one game for the Lady Tigers where they came up on the short end against Shadow Creek 3-0 before ending on a positive 3-0 note over Calhoun on Saturday. Castillo collected a pair of goals thanks to assists from Picasso and Villagomez before the latter converted a penalty-kick opportunity to bring back a second win into this week of competition.

Sealy traveled to Giddings for another non-district match Tuesday evening before it plays host to La Grange to end this week with kickoff scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

After that contest to end this week, the Lady Tigers will make a trip to Katy to square off with the Paetow Panthers next Tuesday evening for their non-district finale.

Following that will be Sealy’s district-opening contest on the road at the home of the Rice Raiders on Jan. 27 with kickoff set for 5 p.m. in the games that matter even more.

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