COPPERAS COVE — Looks can be deceiving.
In its home finale, Copperas Cove constructed a two-goal advantage by halftime against Harker Heights, creating what most would consider a comfy cushion.
Lady Bulldawgs assistant coach Chelsea Letzer-Spoor, however, disagreed.
“A 2-0 lead is the most dangerous lead,” she said, “because all it takes is one goal for the other team to get back in it.”
She was correct.
Despite the early advantage, Copperas Cove spent a majority of the second half fighting off the Lady Knights, who pulled within a goal eight minutes after intermission, but it was not enough as the Lady Bulldawgs captured a 2-1 victory.
Following the win, Letzer-Spoon praised the Lady Bulldawgs for maintaining their poise following Harker Heights’ goal.
“I just told the girls to settle down,” she said. “They got a little panicked for a minute, and I didn’t want two minutes of panic to grow into more.
“They just needed to settle down, play composed and play our game.”
Early on, Copperas Cove was in complete control.
With five minutes elapsed from the clock, Lady Bulldawgs forward Mariah Ruiz found teammate Emily Cason near the goal, and the sophomore slipped the ball into the net for a 1-0 advantage.
The score held for nearly 18 minutes until Copperas Cove sophomore forward Haven Stevenson’s header also crossed into the goal.
Neither team connected for the duration of the half, but the Lady Bulldawgs certainly tried.
While the Lady Knights produced just five shots on goal, the Lady Bulldawgs more than doubled the production, tallying 11 shots in the first half.
In the 48th minute, though, Harker Heights responded as Carter Reaves scored, and the Lady Knights’ mood immediately shifted, according to Harker Heights head coach Sara Easum.
“That was definitely a confidence booster,” she said. “Then, they really started connecting with each other and moving the ball up the field.
“We were moving so much better, and we were getting shots off, but we just couldn’t get another one to go.”
Copperas Cove continued producing shots as well, recording six in the second half, including a pair from Stevenson that narrowly missed with one ricocheting off the goal post and another sailing just wide right.
Now, the Lady Bulldawgs will look to deliver another winning performance in Friday’s regular season finale at Killeen, but a victory is only part of what Letzer-Spoor hopes to accomplish.
“I just want them to have fun,” she said. “This has been a rollercoaster of a season, so I just want them to go out and have some fun during the last district game.”
District 8-6A Girls
- Belton 2, San Angelo Central 2, tie
- Copperas Cove 2, Harker Heights 1
- Ellison 1, Killeen 1, tie
- Waco Midway 5, Shoemaker 0