Both the Lady Coyotes and Coyotes posted strong performances at the Midlothian tournament, Jan. 11-12, though wins were elusive.
The girls tied Carrollton Ranchview, 0-0, on Thursday before falling to Class 4A defending state champion Stephenville, 3-0, a match in which Anna held the Honeybees scoreless in the first half.
On Friday, the Lady Coyotes tied Diamond Hill-Jarvis, 0-0. “We dominated the entire game, we just couldn’t finish,” Lady Coyotes head coach Korey Olvera said of her team’s second tourney tie. “Diamond Hill didn’t get one shot-on-goal the entire game. It was very frustrating for us. We are moving the ball very well. We’re just struggling to put the ball in the back of the net.”
Midlothian Heritage won the girls’ tourney, 1-0, over Stephenville.
On the boys’ side, Coach Matt Ellis’ Coyotes tied one match and came up just short in two others by 1-0 counts.
On Thursday, Anna and the Little River Academy battled to a 1-1 draw, as the Coyotes took eight shots on goal to the Bumblebees’ four. Juan Morales’ goal gave Anna the lead midway through the first period but Little River answered midway through the second. Anna goalkeeper David Joaquin posted three saves. (Class 3A Little River Academy is located in Bell County, near Temple.)
On Friday, Crandall edged the Coyotes, 1-0, with a goal 12 minutes before the end of the first period.
Anna posted seven shots on goal to the Pirates’ two. In the nightcap, Carrollton Ranchview eased past the Coyotes by the same margin, this time with a goal with 10 left in the match. Again, Anna dominated shots-on-goal, this time 10-3.
“We scored one goal in three games and had defensive mistakes that led to all three goals we gave up in the tournament,” Ellis said. “We created a ton of chances but just couldn’t find the back of the net. We outshot all three opponents.”
Crandall went on to win the boys’ tournament.