The Salado girls soccer team suffered a 4-0 first-round playoff loss to Waco University on Tuesday night at Waco ISD Stadium.
“I was very impressed with the way we played,” said Salado head coach Michael Goos. “People may read the score 4-0 and think this game wasn’t close but it actually was a very tight contest for most of the way.”
Salado has less than 500 students and dressed 13 players Tuesday. University, which has over 2,000 students, dressed 27 players.
“We’re playing this huge school and we only trailed them 1-0 after 60 minutes of soccer—that made me proud,” Goos said. “We stuck with them for a long time tonight. Finally, with 20 minutes to go, fatigue set in and that’s when University was able to score the rest of their goals.”
Goos mentioned defender Daniela Gantenbein and center-midfielders Katey Ewton and China Saxton for exceptional play.
He had special praise for sophomore keeper Sam Isbell.
“Sam was so driven to play a great game and that’s what she did,” Goos said. “She stayed very busy. She didn’t make a single mistake. None of the goals scored against her were her fault. She was so focused. She had her best game of the year.”
Isbell felt confident in Salado’s chances of winning after the Lady Eagles trailed just 1-0 at halftime.
“Honestly, I thought we had them by halftime,” Isbell said. “Even after they scored their first goal in the game, that seemed to get us even more motivated. I don’t think I’d call it my best game of the year like Coach said but I am proud of the way our team played tonight. We stayed as a team. We never got angry with each other. We never got down.”
Salado finished the season with a 9-9-2 overall record.
“I’m just sad our season is over,” Isbell said.