By Nick Talbot

Harker Heights Herald

Harker Heights was trying to find out the right mix.

Copperas Cove wanted to build off its scrimmage season.

Neither really wanted to do it against a district rival. Regardless, the two teams played an early precursor to the District 12-5A season, with the Lady Bulldawgs defeating the Lady Knights 2-0 at the Centex girls soccer tournament.

Copperas Cove (3-1) scored off a corner kick in the 12th minute when Shelbie Letzer sent a low kick into the box, where it bumped in between Cove's Genesis Rivera and Marissa Roest and several Heights defenders.

In the scram, it was tipped into the goal.

"We know we have a real good corner kicker in and we have been working all year getting the ball into dangerous spots and she bent it right at the goal and I don't know who touched it last ... all I know is it went in," said Cove coach Hagen Streckel.

Cove freshman Courtney Everett scored in the 10th minute of the second half, sending a low-line kick though the hands of Heights goalkeeper Katie McPherson.

The 2-0 lead was more than the Lady Knights could overcome.

"We gave them a lot more scoring opportunities than I wanted, but we kind of were playing with a makeshift lineup and are still trying to find out who goes where," said Heights coach Royce Mitchel.

Heights' best chance for a goal came in the 15th minute, when Bria Howard broke free on a 2-on-1 break, but her shot clanged high off the crossbeam and back into the field of play.

"Sometimes that is the toughest thing - showing them they had the opportunity. If that goes in, it is a whole new ball game," Mitchel said.

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