By David Tuma, Publisher
Cassandra Grimaldo scored the game-winning goal to lead Lady Tiger Soccer to a 6-0 win over Killeen Friday night.
Mattie Krenek, who was everywhere in the first half, got the assist. Krenek had two first-half goals to put the game out of reach.
Grimaldo set up Emma Stinson on a crossing pass at 17:13. Allison Navarro’s shot was wide. Freshman Rachel Ramm hit the top cross bar and Stinson set up a free kick at 12:21.
Navarro, off of a steal, passed to Krenek. She beat the goalie one-on-one to make it 3-0 at 9:49.
The game was played from midfield to the Killeen goal. Harlie Wiley did have a stop at 7:54. Defender Erica Anderson drove deep and passed to Alyssa Munoz who scored at 6:51.
Izzy Rhoads had a shot blocked at 2:23. Wiley had a shot blocked and set up a corner kick to end the first half.
Ramm had a shot blocked to start the second half. Alexis Mack had a stop on defense at 32:48. Stinson had a shot blocked and Navarro put in rebound to make it 5-0 with 30:34 left.
Belton moved their defenders up to forwards. Mack had two shots just outside the post at the 25-minute mark. First, she had a shot go just over the top bar at 20:15. Mack drew a foul and received the first yellow card in Lady Tiger Soccer history on being fouled and getting a yellow.
Ramm hit a perfect crossing pass 10-feet in front of the goal and low. Wiley redirected the pass to score the final goal to make it 6-0. Wiley had another shot at 9:42. It was struck well from a long ways out. She has potential on offense.
Rhoads set up a corner kick at 8:13.
Killeen played five players on the back line. They were trying to slow down the Belton attacks. There was rough play on both sides at times.
“We are battling through some injuries. Our bench and starters are a little banged up right now. We just need to get everybody back healthy. Our defense is settling in and playing well. They are really starting to communicate. Midfield is coming into form,” said Lady Tiger Soccer head coach Wendy Knight.
In the Midway tie, the fouls were 37-4 against Belton. The most lopsided called game in the past 20 years for either the boys or girls.
Belton hosts Midway March 8 at Wilson-Kerzee Field. They have a playoff warm up game March 22 at Wilson-Kerzee.