Beeville no match for Liberty Hill, Wimberley up next
By Lance Catchings
MCALLEN- With a full seven days off after their intense 2-1 win over Boerne in the regional quarterfinals Liberty Hill left no doubt about their worth at the class 4A regional soccer tournament with a 12-1 victory over Beeville in the regional semifinals.
The win sets up a 10 a.m. contest with Wimberley Saturday for a trip to the state tournament next weekend in Georgetown.
It was a warm day in the valley, but Liberty Hill made it even hotter on the field as they jumped out to a blazing start. Piper Tabor scored a goal in the first 15 seconds of the game and it was no looking back for the team from Central Texas. Emma Stephens, Madi Fuller and Brooke Briscoe all got in on the scoring action early. Within the first five minutes Liberty Hill built a 3-0 lead and stretched it to 5-0 only 14 minutes into play. At halftime Liberty Hill held a 6-0 lead over Beeville but the girls had no plans of slowing down.
Tabor, Stephens and Briscoe continued to dominate the ball in the second half and built an 11-0 lead midway through the second half, the last goal headed in by Kendal James. Beeville found the net late in the second half but there was no grand comeback in the works. Athena Brown scored the final goal of the game with just under three minutes left to put a punctuation on the 12-1 final score.
This is Liberty Hill’s second consecutive trip to the regional tournament in as many years and head coach Darren Bauer said familiarity played a part in the team playing confident and loose in the game.
“I thought the girls came out and did what we practiced all week,” Bauer said.
“We played simple, quick and found openings to take advantage of. I think we were less nervous than last year just because we had experience from last year and I think that helped us out quite a bit.”
Liberty Hill will face a familiar opponent in Wimberley Friday, April 13th at 10 a.m. in the class 4A regional final for a berth to the state tournament in Georgetown. Liberty Hill played Wimberley back on January 22nd in a game that ended in a 0-0 tie.
“Wimberley is always going to come out and fight hard,” he said.
“They are well disciplined on defense so we will have to take advantage of any opportunity that we get. I think we are playing a little bit better now than we were back when we played the first time. We have some girls that have gained more experience underneath their belts. Wimberley will come in confident after winning their semifinal and the way they played against us before, so we know it’s going to be a battle.”
Liberty Hill enters the regional final with a season record of 22-2-2 and Wimberley carries a record of 24-3-2.
Game time is set for 10 a.m. at McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium in McAllen.