Anna’s Lady Coyotes romped past Gainesville, 12-0, on Monday, Feb. 20, at Coyote Stadium. Eight Lady Coyotes scored goals in the match, with junior Alexandra Schofield, junior Angelica Armijo and sophomore Abigail Cisneros finding the net two times each. Anna burst to a 7-0 first-half lead then poured on four more after the break. The final goal came via an own-goal by the Lady Leopards.
With the win, the Lady Coyotes’ district record moved to 1-3. Gainesville remains winless in district play.
Coyotes top Gainesville
Carlos Garrido scored both goals for Anna in the Coyotes’ 2-0 shutout of Gainesville on Monday, Feb. 20, at Coyote Stadium. Garrido’s first score came in the match’s 45th minute and the second, with an assist from Jose Flores, came four minutes later. “We were solid, defensively, with Javier Segura bailing us out when we made mistakes,” Anna head coach Matt Ellis said. “He had a couple very solid saves.”
The Coyotes’ district mark moved to 1-2 with the victory. The Leopards’ record fell to 0-3.
Lady Cards top Argyle, stay atop district
With first place on the line in District 5-4A, Melissa and second-place Argyle battled to a 2-2 tie on Friday, Feb. 24 at Cardinal Stadium. After a scoreless first half, Kendall Bates got the Lady Cards on the board in the first five minutes of the second half with what head coach Manuel Avila called a “howitzer” off the goalkeeper’s hand. The lead was brief, though, as the Lady Eagles responded to tie moments later.
Gillian Stopinski then found the net off a ball from Amanda Kocsis to put Melissa back in front, 2-1. In the final minutes, Argyle booted home a free kick for the equalizer and 2-2 is there the match ended.
Goalkeeper Brittany Morgan’s tough save on a Lady Eagle penalty kick in the first half preserved the 0-0 tie at the break.
Cards’ rally falls short versus first-place Argyle
Melissa’s comeback try from four goals down in the second half came up just short on Friday, Feb. 24, at Cardinal Stadium, as first-place Argyle prevailed, 4-3. Leading, 2-0, at halftime, the Eagles quickly struck for two more goals just after the break. But Melissa recovered over the match’s final ten minutes with a flurry of goals that nearly pulled out the victory.
Jose Malpica struck first for the Cards and, ninety seconds later, teammate Cristhyn Venancio booted in another goal. Then Dane Hansen found the net two minutes later and Melissa had hope. But, ultimately, the Cards ran out of time.
Cardinals head coach Kelley Pitzer said his team “showed their mettle” against a good Argyle team.
Melissa girls blank McKinney Christian
The Lady Cardinals shutout McKinney Christian Academy, 3-0, on Monday, Feb. 20, at Cardinal Stadium with goals from Gillian Stopinski, Cambree Potts and Katie Brown. The match was a non-district affair set at the midpoint of Melissa’s district slate.
Lady Cards head coach Manuel Avila praised the defensive play of his charges, Grace Tegerdine, Jenna Daniel, Sameena Aftab and Ashley Hunter as well as goalkeeper Brittany Morgan, who made what Avila called “two significant saves” early in the match.
Stopinski’s goal came midway through the first half, as she “snaked through the defenders and chipped the goalkeeper,” according to Avila. Early in the second period, Potts “pressed down the sideline and beat the Mustang goalkeeper with a well-placed shot,” Avila said. Avila called Brown’s goal, which closed out the scoring, “a delightful little volley” from just outside the penalty box.
Melissa (4-0) resumes district play on Friday, Feb. 24, versus Argyle at home.