COPPERAS COVE Jessica Vick said it was cherry picking, but the Lady Dawgs' two first-half goals also go back to heart.
Vick and Alyson Sinclair, not giving up on plays, scored two goals on loose balls in the first half of Copperas Cove's 3-1 win over Kerrville Tivy in the championship game of the Lady Dawgs Classic girls soccer tournament Saturday at Bulldawg Stadium. Vick scored first by thumping a rebounded corner kick into the net and Sinclair gave the Lady Dawgs a 2-0 halftime lead when she scored on a mishandled ball by Tivy goalkeeper Rian Feldman.
"Throughout the seasons playing soccer, I've realized those are like cherry-picking goals, but they're the easiest ones to get," Vick said. "Someone shot and the goalie fumbled it, if you're always there ... you just give it a little tap and that's it."
The Lady Bulldawgs (6-1) won their fifth straight game and are off to their best start in school history according to head coach Hagen Streckel.
"Extra day rest, the girls were hungry," Streckel said. "They really saw an opportunity and they went for blood today, which was really cool for them to step up."
The Antlers (2-3-1) outshot Cove 3-0 in the first 10 minutes of the second half, but Vick put the Lady Dawgs up 3-0 on a corner kick from Shelbie Letzer eight minutes into the second half.
"Right before we went back after halftime, our coaches warned us that was going to happen. ... And they did, they came out a lot more aggressive, but when another team steps up, you just have to step it back up," Vick said.
The Antlers broke the shutout on Wren Vogel's free kick in the 60th minute and could've trimmed it further, but Cove sophomore goalkeeper Asia Harris blocked a 12-yard penalty kick attempt by Eryn Reyes in the 67th minute.
"When we scored on the free kick, that helped out a lot and raised their spirits and even the PK, another chance to get in the game, but it just didn't fall our way," said Tivy coach Shannon Sletten.
Vick's first goal gave the Lady Dawgs a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute when she tapped Letzer's bobbled-around corner kick into the net.
Feldman actually spoiled Sinclair's first shot attempt following a deep pass from Letzer late in the half, but Feldman failed to completely secure the save and Sinclair was there to capitalize on the Tivy goal keeper's error in the 29th minute.
"I think when you play a team, even when you're evenly skilled, it's whoever gives the most heart. Even if you don't get it the first time, if you keep going, keep going, keep going, you'll eventually get it and we did," Vick said.
Harker Heights 2, Killeen 1 The Lady Knights scored two start-of-half goals to win third-place at the Lady Dawgs Classic. Bria Howard gave Harker Heights (4-3) a 1-0 lead with an unassisted goal in the third minute of the game and then Rachel Varley added the Lady Knights' second goal three minutes into the second half.
Harley Crissman scored on a rebound in the 34th minute for the Lady Roos (3-4-1).
Howard shot a slow-roller around Killeen goalkeeper Nia Duran for the match's opening goal and Varley's goal in the 44th minute went under Duran for a Lady Knights' 2-0 lead.
The Lady Roos, who had just one shot in the first 30 minutes of the second half, took four shots in the final 4½ minutes but none after Crissman's goal with 4;50 left.
Salado 0, Shoemaker 0 (Salado wins SO 2-1) Janna Arguellez scored Salado's second shootout goal and the Lady Eagles' first win in their newly-started girls soccer program for a fifth-place finish over the Lady Grey Wolves. After the two teams struggled to find rhythm and opportunity offensively and battled to a 0-0 tie at the end of regulation, Arguellez and Chelsea Boaz both gave the Lady Eagles (1-6) goals in the shootout.
Christina Rivera scored the first goal of the shootout for Shoemaker (1-2-3) on the Lady Grey Wolves' third attempt, but Boaz' goal on Salado's fifth attempt kept the tries coming until Arguellez scored on the 14th overall attempt.