Cross-town rivals aim to avoid pre-district matches, but Killeen and Ellison faced off on neutral ground on the second day of the CenTex Tournament on Saturday afternoon and played to a scoreless draw.
The Lady Roos were in a different bracket than the Lady Eagles but both teams ended up in the fourth-place bracket at Harker Heights.
“It’s not ideal,” Killeen head coach Richard Romeo said of having to face Ellison, “but it’s the luck of the draw.”
The Lady Roos showed solid footwork on the field as they were able to maneuver around and dodge defenders.
Communication was on the side of the Lady Eagles, who were able to keep the ball on their half of the field for most of the first half.
Ellison head coach Jonathan Linley had one objective for his team: Walk away with no injuries.
“It’s always a physical game when we (Killeen and Ellison] play,” he said, “or when we play any district team.”
While nobody got hurt, Lady Eagle Crystal Rodriguez received a yellow card in the first half and Allesia Magee received one in the second.
“Our aggression got out a bit,” Linley added, noting that he had to rein his girls in by reminding them that it was still early in the season.
Back and forth they went with each team getting runs at the other, but after two 30-minute halves of play, the match ended in a draw.
Emily Lopez and Keegan Stewart made the all-tournament team for Ellison. Alyssa Cabading,
Lauren Din and Jalyn Davis were selected from the Lady Roos.
The two teams will meet again in district play on Feb. 9 at Leo Buckley Stadium.
KISD CENTEX TOURNAMENT
At Leo Buckley Stadium
- Liberty Hill 3, Austin Hyde Park 0
- Manor 2, Killeen 0
- Liberty Hill 1, Harker Heights 0
- Arlington Sam Houston 3, Texarkana 0
- Waco 2, Georgetown Gateway 0
- Temple 1, Ellison 0
- Waco 1, Austin Hyde Park 1, tie
- Temple 4, Manor 2
- Salado 1, Shoemaker 0
- Arlington Sam Houston 2, Pflugerville Connally 1
- Salado 0, Copperas Cove 0, tie
At Harker Heights
- Texarkana 3, Taylor 0
- Harker Heights 1, Copperas Cove 0
- Georgetown Gateway 5, Shoemaker 0
- Killeen 0, Ellison 0, tie