ANNA – In spring-like conditions on Feb. 4 - light winds, 72 degrees - Anna’s Lady Coyotes spotted Caddo Mills an early goal then stormed to a 5-1 win in non-district soccer action at Coyote Stadium. Anna (8-6) surged past the Lady Foxes on three goals from Kaitlynn Perry and one each by Mackenzie Scribner and Abi Cisneros. Freshman Payton Wickliffe was in-net the entire match for the Lady Coyotes.
“They performed correctly under the adversity that they had,” Anna head coach Marlon Madrigal said of his charges. “They did a great job of shaking off the first goal, then doing something with it.”
Class 4A Caddo Mills, a first-year program, took the lead seven minutes in on a direct-kick goal from the left side. Then with 20 minutes remaining in the half, Perry fired a mid-range shot from the left that narrowly missed right - but she was just getting warmed up. Forty-five seconds later, Perry bombed home a goal from out near the left sideline, a 30- to 35-yard shot, that carried over the goalkeeper who had come out a bit too soon.
Perry came back 10 minutes later with another score from almost the same spot and Anna had the lead for good. With under five minutes left before the break, Scribner’s straight-on goal put the Lady Coyotes up, 3-1 – an advantage they carried into halftime. “She had a great run,” Madrigal said of Scribner’s score. “And it was an amazing pass by Abi - just like we practice it,” he joked.
Cisneros added her goal four minutes into the second half, a rebound shot off the right post. Anna’s lead remained 4-1 until 9:30 remained on the clock. That’s when Perry, with her back to the goal from 12 yards out, spun and popped a shot into the top-left corner of the net. “She can pretty much kick it from anywhere - with any angle, whatever,” Madrigal said. “She’s just an amazing goal-scorer.”
Said Caddo Mills head coach Samantha Henderson, “This is our first year as a program and I think we’re coming out here and showing competition to some of these teams that have been a program for a lot longer. We’re just going to improve over the season.”
With district play fast approaching – the Lady Coyotes open versus Gainesville on Feb. 11 – Madrigal offered this assessment of his team: “I feel like we’ve got to be cranking on all cylinders and doing everything correctly or we’re not going to do as good as we think. Yes, we did great today but we’ve to keep working.”