GATESVILLE — Both the Gatesville boys and girls soccer teams are moving on to the area round of the Class 4A playoffs after the Hornets and Lady Hornets outscored Anahuac by a combined score of 17-1 on the day.
The girls defeated Anahuac first 10-0, and later in the day, the boys won 7-1.
In the girls game, the Lady Panthers had no answer for Gatesville forward Jessica Ortiz. The senior scored five goals.
“We were able to play our game tonight and it showed,” Gatesville coach Amanda Johnson said. “I thought we made great passes all game long and all the credit goes to my girls tonight.
The Lady Hornets (10-7) were all business right from the start.
Ortiz scored off an assist from sophomore Kamberly Vega nine minutes into the contest. Less than three minutes later, senior Eve Castelo scored off a free kick.
From there, Ortiz scored the next three goals. The latter coming with eight minutes left before halftime. Four minutes later, she assisted freshman Katrina Thoms and the rout was on.
Taking a 6-0 lead into the second half, the Lady Hornets kept rolling. Johnson continued to sub in other players from the bench and Gatesville kept scoring.
In the second half, Ortiz added another goal as did Vega, sophomore Italia Santosky and junior Rachel Dunahoo.
Ortiz also assisted on two goals.
“Jessica is a really good leader who brings a ton of leadership to the team. She has some great ball-skill that the others really feed off of,” Johnson said.
The Lady Hornets move on to face Hamshire-Fannett next week in the area round after the Longhorns defeated Diboll 7-0 on Thursday.
Not to be outdone later in the evening, the Gatesville boys team picked up goals from five different players to cruise to a comfortable 7-1 win.
From the get-go the Hornets’ speed and athleticism was too much for the Panthers.
“Our passing tonight was maybe the best it has been all year long,” said Gatesville boys coach Mark Collins.
“It is so hard to make good passes on a field on a Friday night when your adrenaline is going, but we looked really good tonight.”
Gatesville controlled much of the first half and was in attack-mode for the majority of the period.
The scoring started in the fourth minute when David Saldivar assisted senior captain Luis Gamez for the goal off a throw-in.
Gamez had a hat trick in the game.
Up 2-0, sophomore Joseph Nolte added a 30-yard kick that sailed over the fingertips of Anahuac goalkeeper Jorge Hernandez and into the net, which brought the Gatesville faithful to their feet.
Freshman Gabe Retana scored his second goal of the week in the second half of action, and six minutes later, Nolte assisted senior Jacopo Di Gerlando for the goal.
Anahuac’s lone goal of the evening came with seven minutes left in regulation from Francisco Cabrera.
Collins knows that with a young roster, the soccer future in Gatesville looks bright.
“I am so proud of this team. They really have come so far from where they started at the beginning of the year.
“We really took some hard losses early in the year and we weren’t sure we were going to come this far. We have had some guys come up from JV the past three weeks and really help us out.”
The Hornets (8-10- 2) move on to the area round next week to face the winner of today’s match between Center and Hamshire-Fannett.