The host Killeen Lady Roos lost a soccer game on Friday night to traditionally strong Temple but found something which could prove helpful the rest of this season.
“Heart,” said Killeen captain Angie Arreaga who played both center-midfielder and center-defender. “We found out that we have a lot of heart tonight.”
The score was tied 0-0 at halftime. Late in the contest, Temple tallied its three goals.
Temple upped its District 8-5A record to 6-2. Killeen is now 1-7 in district (2-10-2 overall).
Earlier this season, Temple defeated Killeen 7-0.
“We knew we could play better against this team than in that 7-0 game,” Arreaga said. “Tonight,we played with determination. It didn’t feel like a 3-to-0 game. It was more like a 1-0 contest. I think we proved a lot tonight, both to Temple and ourselves.”
Killeen head coach Richard Romeo said, “Our girls played very tough. Angie Arreaga worked really hard and she played outstanding—which she does every game. Some of our girls played their best game of the year tonight: Chriscina Lampkin (defender), Lexi Summers (center-midfielder) and Alejandra Macias (forward).”
“We played with a lot of heart tonight,” Macias said. “We also communicated very well. I think we frustrated Temple. Now we know that we can play a good game against a good team.”
Arreaga said this well-contested game could prove helpful to Killeen.
“The way we played tonight will boost our morale,” Arreaga said. “Playoffs are kind of a far shot for us, but anything is possible. We’ll fight as hard as we can from now on, get some wins and maybe get into those playoffs.”