LAMPASAS — Analise Watson produced the best performance of her young career.
Now, she has an opportunity to help the program produce its first district championship in school history.
Needing to finish the regular season with a pair of victories to clinch the District 34-4A title, Lampasas’ sophomore forward scored four goals, including the first three of the match, leading Lampasas to a 7-0 victory against Gatesville heading into Friday’s finale at Robinson. Following the rain-shortened victory, which was called with 13:15 remaining, Watson admitted she felt unstoppable at times.
“I like being in the zone,” Watson said. “It feels awesome (to be this close to winning a district championship). We’re going to have to be on it (against Robinson) because last time we went into overtime.”
After Lampasas junior Tamyhara Hernandez took the opening shot a mere 30 seconds into the match, the Lady Badgers (15-8-2, 8-1) were awarded a corner kick and Drew Dekort delivered it directly in front of Gatesville’s goal, where Watson was waiting to head the ball past Hornets goalkeeper Rebecca Dunahoo.
A little over three minutes later, Watson struck again, scoring off a deflection to give the Lady Badgers a 2-0 lead in the match’s fifth minute.
“I think everybody just kind of breathes a little easier,” Lampasas head coach Tracy Brantley said of Watson’s first goal. “And then the next one comes just like that because they are more relaxed, and they don’t feel the pressure.”
Watson recorded a hat trick in the 15th minute, scoring on a breakaway to give the Lady Badgers three unanswered goals.
“We were just passing good, and we were on it,” Watson said. “It was fun.”
But Lampasas was not done. German-exchange student Inga Frohlingsdorf got in on the act by pouncing on the deflection after teammate Caitlyn Shaughnessy’s shot was blocked by Dunahoo.
With less than four minutes remaining in the first half, Watson posted her final goal of the match, giving the Lady Badgers a 5-0 advantage they took into halftime.
“I wanted some other people to score,” Brantley said, “but I can’t be mad at Analise for hogging the spotlight.”
Lampasas junior Sierra Rash only needed 33 seconds in the second half to increase the Lady Badgers’ lead to 6-0 before freshman Tara Johnson capped off the scoring with a goal in the 64th minute, sending Gatesville to an 0-9 district record. After winning the first playoff game in school history last season as a first-year coach at Lampasas, Brantley is thrilled to see her team progressing so rapidly.
“It is due to their hard work,” the coach said. “They just want to win.”
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