The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Lady Pirate soccer team had a tough time breaking through the defense of the Beeville Lady Trojans and were upset in the end by two late second half goals that ended RFHS’ season 3-1 Friday, April 5 in Calallen.
RFHS ends the 2018-19 season with a 15-5-2 overall record.
It was an upsetting loss for the Lady Pirates as they had not lost to their district opponent in Beeville in their two previous games; tying them 3-3 and defeating them 5-1.
After an early goal by Beeville put the Lady Pirates down 1-0, RFHS fired back with a flurry of opportunities that netted one goal to tie it before the half. However, RFHS struggled to pierce the defense of Beeville.
Beeville countered RFHS’ strong offensive attack using a very heavy defensive scheme; sometimes leaving only one or two forwards playing up for Beeville and implementing the rest of their team to defend the Lady Pirates.
“We knew what they wanted to do. They wanted to sit back and defend and play us on the counter and they did that effectively,” said RFHS Head Coach Mitchell Lynch. “They executed what they wanted to do well and ended up with two goals in the second half.”
In the ninth minute, RFHS conceded an early lead to Beeville after a Lady Trojan forward got behind the RFHS back line to take a 1-0 lead.
In the 15th minute, Hannah King got off a big clear from the back line that ended p being a good cross for Emily Resendez to run under. Resendez took a hard shot at goal inside the 18 and collided with the Beeville keeper running out to block it. Caitlyn Ramaker was able run behind the deflected save and took a shot on goal that got in between three Beeville defenders for an RFHS goal to tie it.
RFHS then struggled to get behind the defensive shell of Beeville and was unable to score before the end of the half, tied with Beeville 1-1.
In the second half, it seemed as though RFHS was in control with numerous goal-scoring opportunities being created by the offense. However, RFHS was unable to get off a clean shot on goal and was unable to find the back of the net for the rest of the game while Beeville netted two goals late.
In the 67th minute, Beeville was able to score again off a set piece with a cross that got behind the back line of RFHS for a goal just out of reach of keeper Trinity Sifuentas.
In the 71st minute, Beeville was unfortunately able to get behind the back line of RFHS again with another good play by the lone Beeville forward to evade the RFHS defense and give Beeville a 3-1 lead with nine minutes remaining.
In the final two minutes, RFHS’ last chance at getting another goal off a corner was unsuccessful and Beeville held on to defeat RFHS.