It was just a matter of time before the Lady Tigers took control of district play.
With a midseason loss at home to Midway the Lady Tigers looked as though they might not get the title. Belton dominated on the road last week at Waco after enduring another poorly officiated game at home in the Midway loss.
At times over the past 11 seasons, the Lady Tigers couldn’t wait to get on the road. Tuesday’s 7-0 win over Heights clinched their 11th-straight district title. Aubrey Martinez got the game winner in the first half. Allison Navarro got the assist.
Belton took control in the second half with Martinez scoring twice with Navarro and Jamie Brown also scoring. Mattie Krenek had three assists.
The Lady Tigers finished the regular season 15-4-1. They lost their top defender and one of the best players in the state right before the season, Briana Davis. It took some time adjusting and the loss of Davis caused some adjustments. Over the course of the season the Lady’s Tigers defense got better and is very much improved.
Courtney Dippel, arguably the best goalie the Lady Tigers have ever had, got another save.
Belton falls 1-0 at Heights, splits district championship with Knights
The Tigers lost to Harker Heights Tuesday in Killeen. Belton won the district championship for the eighth time in the past 10 seasons. Belton finished the regular season 11-4-3. Heights, was able to get four in close shots on goal to the Tigers two point blanks shots. Belton had six clean shots on goal to the Knights five. The Knights had two corner kicks to Belton’s three.
The game was decided by a penalty kick near the end of the game. Both teams came away with positives. Heights was able to hang with a top team. Belton didn’t give up a clean goal against the either Midway or Heights Heights in four games. Heights played like a good playoff team and pushed the ball into the box. The Knights were called for 15 fouls to the Tigers 9. Belton’s one off sides call was right near the goal. In their first matchup the Tigers dominated in a 3-0 win at home. Heights pushed the ball early but after a few close shots by Belton they weren’t as aggressive the rest of the way out.
The Knights moved the ball like Belton and in the second matchup were able to create some plays.
Belton’s goalie Chris Nobel made four saves. “It was a wakeup call for us. Heights came to play,” said Tigers coach Cizo Mosnia.
Both teams start the playoffs next week. The Lady Tigers will probably play 11-7-2 Rowlett. Rowlett shutout second place Rockwall twice this season with the district featuring three top teams.
The boys picture is muddled with Sachse, Rockwall, Rowlett and Lakeview all having a chance to land on of two remaining spots in an ultra competitive district.