Boerne ends Lady Panther soccer season
By LAUREN JETTE
MARBLE FALLS — The Lady Panthers soccer team was hoping the third time would be the charm against Boerne in the area round of playoffs last week, but it wasn’t meant to be as Liberty Hill lost 2-0 to end the season with a 15-9 record.
“I thought they played really well. They executed our game plan, honestly, pretty well,” said head coach Darren Bauer.
“The first five minutes we weren’t ready to play and (Boerne) put that quick (goal) in on us, but other than that, our game plan was pretty clear. We were going to try and let them do what they wanted to, and then counterattack on them.”
The Lady Hounds got on the board first with a goal in the fourth minute of play.
“In the first half, the only chances they created were corner kicks, which we’re fine with,” Bauer said.
“We created a couple of chances here and there, which is what we talked about, we were only going to get a few chances, but that we needed to take them.”
Seven minutes into play in the second half, Boerne put the ball into the net to go up 2-0.
“We let them pretty much try to do what they wanted to do and once again we created our counterattacks and at the end of the game, I thought we even had better possession,” Bauer said.
“I thought we executed our game plan well, they just put their chances away and we didn’t is what it came down to.”
The Lady Hounds also bounced Liberty Hill out of the playoffs last season, 6-1, in the regional quarterfinal and defeated the Lady Panthers earlier this season 2-0.
“Everybody was sad it’s over and I was too. They put in a lot of hard work this year and it showed with how much they improved over the year,” Bauer said.
This was Bauer’s first year coaching the girls team, in addition to the boys team.
“I think they were contented with the way they played. They know they did everything they could and they left it on the field, which is what I talked to them about.
“They executed our game plan as well as they could have probably except for putting away the chances we got, so I think they were happy with it,” Bauer added. “Looking back over the last two years, I think they know they’ve improved, especially getting beat 6-1 last year and then 2-0 this year and honestly having a chance to win the game at some moments. I thought they were really happy with it.”
The game, played at Marble Falls High School, was the last for the five seniors on the team: Brooke Landry, Hannah Wright, Maddie Strickland, Kaitlyn Peterson and Tabitha Bowles.
Even with the loss of the seniors, Bauer has high hopes for next year’s squad.
“Our starting lineup is pretty much intact. Next year is going to be a good year, getting two years under me,” Bauer said.
“They are already excited about the offseason with me, but they know what they are in for, they’re ready for it. Now the fact that I’ll have a full year with them before the season starts, it’s going to look positive for next year.”
Liberty Hill posted a 9-3 record in district play to secure second place in its second full varsity season.
Next season will bring a new district for the Lady Panthers as Burnet and Leander Glenn will join current district foes Lampasas, Salado, Florence, Georgetown Gateway, Jarrell and Little River Academy.