Salado's Kristin Crouch (9) and Ellison's Lourdes Moreno (9) battle for possession of the ball on Monday night at Eagle Field.

Dennis Knowlton | Herald

The Ellison and Class 4A No. 5 Salado girls squared off in their soccer season openers Monday night at Ellison, and Salado got its season off to a nice start with a 3-1 road victory.

“It was a really good, hard-fought game,” Ellison head coach Jonathan Linley said. “We got flustered right at the end of the first half. But we regrouped at halftime and came out in the second half and got a goal.”

Crystal Rodriguez scored for Ellison (0-1) about 12 minutes into the second half off an assist by Daniela Barrantes.

Salado (1-0) scored with around eight minutes left in the first half on a corner kick and received the go-ahead goal at around the eight-minute mark in the second half.

Salado put the final notch on the scoreboard with nearly four minutes left on a missed kick near the Ellison goal that went directly to a Salado player, which resulted in an easy goal.

“I’m super impressed with my girls,” Linley said. "Obviously, Salado comes together with a lot of talent and plays a really coordinated team game. But I’m impressed with my girls, who have worked really hard.

“We pulled together and worked as a team. I felt we were right there in it at the end.”

Ellison is scheduled to compete in a tournament at Fort Worth starting Friday, and Salado will also begin competing in a tournament Friday at Boerne.

Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Previously spent time as sports editor at both the Hereford Brand and the Gatesville Messenger. Graduate of West Texas A&M University.

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