Lady Cards shutout Gainesville on the road

Melissa’s Lady Cards romped past Gainesville, 9-0, at Gainesville on Friday, Feb. 10, moving their District 5-4A mark to 2-0, tied with Celina for first place. With the loss, Gainesville’s record fell to 0-2. Kendall Bates popped in two goals for Melissa in the match’s first three minutes and Emma Shaeffer scored moments later to boost the lead to 3-0. Before halftime, Gillian Stopinski, Lilly Hubbard, Autumn Cory and Grace Tegerdine had all added goals for the Lady Cards.

Melissa head coach Manuel Avila said the Lady Cards pulled back their attack in the second half but still managed to create chances. Brittany Morgan, in her first appearance of the year as a field player, scored her first career goal. Jenna Daniel also scored her first career goal in the second half.

Lady Cards take district-opener at Argyle

Melissa’s Lady Cardinals opened district play with a 1-0 victory at Argyle on Tuesday, Feb. 7. Kendall Bates headed home the winner in the late going off a corner kick from Josie Monk. Melissa opened the match aggressively, knocking two shots off the Lady Eagles’ cross bar. By 10 minutes in, Melissa’s shot count was seven but the team had no goals. The match was scoreless at halftime but the Lady Cards had a 2-to-1 shot-count edge over the squad favored by many to win District 5-4A.

“In the end it would be which team would succumb to the pressure of the others’ attack,” Melissa head coach Manuel Avila said. The game settled into the expected tense battle throughout the second half, until the Monk-Bates connection provided the win.

Gainesville’s second-half goals stop the Cards

At Gainesville on Friday, Friday, Feb. 10, the Leopards topped Melissa, 2-0, on a pair of second-half goals. Cards head coach Kelley Pitzer noted that his team had “a couple of really good chances” late that were turned away. The loss dropped the Cardinals to 0-2 in district play as the Leopards moved to 2-0.

Gainesville’s first goal came four minutes into the second half on cross-pass headed “awkwardly” into the goal just over Melissa goalkeeper Josh Love. The Leopards added an insurance score 10 minutes later.

Melissa’s next game is Friday, Feb. 17, at home versus Anna.

Cardinals edged at Argyle in district-opener

Melissa and Argyle scrapped to a 0-0 halftime tie on Tuesday, Feb. 7, before the Eagles connected on a cross-pass and shot early in the second half. The goal would stand as the winner in this district-opener for both teams. Argyle missed on several early scoring chances before the match eased into an even battle. Jose Malpica combined with August Greer for two Cardinal opportunities before the break, but none would find net.