The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Lady Pirate soccer team defeated the Beeville Lady Trojans in the final district game of the season 3-1 to claim the title of District 30-4A champions Monday, March 9 at home.
RFHS ends the district season with an overall record of 11-10-2 and a district record of 6-1-1.
Following a tie at London Friday, March 6, RFHS put themselves in position to win the district; they just needed to defeat Beeville in the last district game of the season.
After surrendering a goal to Beeville in the first half, RFHS scored three unanswered goals to take the district title.
“One of the things that this team has prided itself on this season is our competitiveness, and this game really embodied that,” said RFHS Head Girls Soccer Coach Mitchell Lynch. “We fell behind late in the first half, and within about five minutes we had a lead going into the half. It was a big game, and our team had a big performance.”
RFHS made a big turnaround during the season and continued to get better with each game.
RFHS’ record through its first 10 games of the season was 2-7-1. RFHS’ record in its last 10 games is 7-2-1.
“I think the way the season started really prepared us for what we would face in district. We have a very tough district, so playing in some tough games early prepared us for that,” said Lynch. “We learned how to compete with some of the top teams, and in the process we became one of those top teams.”
Brenda Aguilar, who filled in as a substitute against Beeville, scored two of RFHS’s three goals to help put the Lady Pirates back in the game. Her first goal came right after Beeville’s first goal late in the first half.
A couple minutes later, Emily Resendez put RFHS up 2-1 after scoring on a penalty kick.
“Resendez played a great game, and took a wonderful penalty,” said Lynch.
Aguilar scored again early in the second half to make it 3-1.
From then, RFHS’ defense contained Beeville and held on for the win.
“Danielle Dawkins had a really big performance,” said Lynch “She was in control of our defensive unit and she did a great job.”
Lynch also added that the offensive pressure created by KJ Whidden kept Beeville on edge.
RFHS will play Yoakum in the first round of the playoffs, however a time, date, and location has not been set. The game will be sometime between Thursday, March 26 and Saturday, March 28.