Belton forward Aubrey Martinez had a hat trick to lead the Lady Tigers to a 6-0 home win over Killeen on Tuesday.
“Aubrey put on a clinic,” said Belton head coach Wendy Knight. “She could have had even more goals except Killeen, to their credit, put a big emphasis on trying to contain her. Besides the goals she had, Aubrey had a 35-yarder that ricocheted off the post. Plus, their keeper made some good saves on some of Aubrey’s shots. The bottom line is Aubrey was dominant.”
The win upped Belton’s 8-5A record to 12-1 (15-1-3 overall). Belton has now outscored its foes by an almost unimaginable combined total of 73-2.
Belton led 2-0 at halftime. Martinez scored her three goals in the second half.
“Killeen (2-11 district, 3-15-2 overall) played us really well in that first half,” Martinez said. “We were not happy with the way we were playing at all.”
Killeen head coach Richard Romeo credited midfielder Alejandra Macias and defender Chriscina Lampkin for standout play.
“Chriscina played very good defense on the outside for us tonight,” Romeo said. “And Alejandra played outside-mid and forward for us and she went 100 mph all the time. She was so energetic for us. Of course, Belton was very good as usual.”
“I felt in the second half we worked things out and played better,” Martinez said. “We got more focused. We needed to get rid of the ball faster. We needed to find the open person instead of just passing to a spot. We want to pass the ball to feet rather than space.”
“We moved the ball much better in the second half,” said Knight.
The Lady Tigers can clinch a share of the district title with a road win over Shoemaker on Friday.
“It’s important that we play well on Friday because we need to get ready for the playoffs,” Martinez said.
“Playoffs start a week from Friday. So, with this next game, we want to start perfecting on what we do best.”
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