Lady Coyotes drop non-district match at Midlothian

Anna fell to Midlothian Heritage, 5-1, on Friday, Jan. 27, after trailing 2-0 at halftime. The Lady Coyotes scored in the first five minutes of the second half on a goal by Liz Spivey, with an assist by Abigail Cisneros. Heritage went up, 3-1, midway through the period then tacked on two late goals to wrap up the win.

Lady Coyotes shut out Bonham at home

Anna’s Lady Coyotes routed Bonham, 7-0, on Monday, Jan. 23, at Coyote Stadium after leading, 1-0, at the break. Senior Liz Spivey and freshman Krista Valdez led Anna with two goals each, and Alexandra Schofield, Abigail Cisneros and Emily Hanna each added a goal apiece.

Coyotes get nipped by Burkburnett

The Burkburnett Bulldogs prevailed over Anna, 1-0, on Friday, Jan. 27, at Coyote Stadium. The eventual game-winner came on a direct free kick with about 18 minutes left in the match.

“We’re just not playing well right now,” Anna head coach Matt Ellis said.

—Rick Atkinson

Paris clips Coyotes, 1-0

A header into Anna’s goal off a 45-yard free kick was the difference for the Paris Wildcats on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at Paris.

“I was pleased with the effort,” Coyotes head coach Matt Ellis said, “but we need to be more clinical in the attacking third [of the field]. We are not creating enough chances right now and, when we do, we’re failing to put them away.”

—Rick Atkinson


Cards battle to 0-0 tie at Kennedale

Melissa’s Cardinals and Kennedale fought to a scoreless tie on Friday, Jan. 27, at Wildcat Stadium in Kennedale. Melissa head coach Kelley Pitzer noted that August Greer, teaming with Cristhyn Venancio in the second half, produced perhaps the Cards’ best scoring chances on the night.

“In the end, 0-0 was the score line but that definitely did not relay how exciting the game really was,” Pitzer said.

—Rick Atkinson

Kennedale edges Lady Cards

In a battle of two perennially top teams in Class 4A Region I, Melissa’s Lady Cardinals were defeated by Kennedale, 2-1, on Friday, Jan. 27, at Kennedale’s Wildcat Stadium. A goal by Melissa’s Kendall Bates, with an assist by Emma Schaeffer, tied the match at 1-1 before halftime, but the Lady Wildcats quickly regained the lead in the second half. Kennedale took a 1-0 lead 28 minutes into the match after Lady Cards goalkeeper Brittany Morgan had made two point-blank saves.

Melissa head coach Manuel Avila said, “In the loss, (Lady Cards forward) Gillian Stopinski produced arguably her best game of the season.”

—Rick Atkinson