Girls soccer continues on a roll, beats Florence

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By Lance Catchings

The Liberty Hill girls’ soccer team 15-1-2 (8-0) dispatched of Florence Tuesday night at home 16-0.

“Against Florence these are some of the nicest goals we have scored all year,” said head coach Darren Bauer. “We are moving the ball well and we are playing the quick simple passes and making the most of the chances we are getting.”

Liberty Hill led 10-0 at halftime in route to the 16-0 victory.

“It was hard to say what to expect the second go around with Florence,” he said. “Last game in the first 20 minutes they did not play bad. They are not used to playing teams of our quality and we wear them down over time. That is one of the things we focus on is staying high tempo the entire game.”

As Liberty Hill gets deeper into the second round of district play the focus remains on themselves rather than their opponents.

“With the girls it is pretty much the same thing as always,” he said. “We want to focus on us and make sure that we are getting better. After the first round and handling teams the way we did we talked to the girls about not getting complacent and just going through the motions. We want to make sure that we are working on things we need to get better at. Even though we went through the first round easily we know we have a target on our back. We have an even bigger one now because teams know to win our district, they must go through us. We must take things one game at a time and make sure we don’t get tripped up anywhere.”

Last Friday, Liberty Hill defeated Jarrell 16-0 and led 7-0 at half. Madi Fuller led the team with four goals and three assists. Piper Tabor and Brooke Briscoe each scored three goals. Lauren Castillo had two goals and Katie Wilson, Alyssa Lee, Elizabeth Perez and Audree Danner each scored one. Kyle Boliek, Perez and Briscoe each had two assists on the night. Camilla Kouakou, Abigail Janicek, Haylie Cassady, Wilson, Tabor, and Lee each had one assist on the night.

“Jarrell played their normal high press tempo that they tried the first time,” he said. “I felt they played a lot better this time and some of our girls felt they played a lot better this time around. We still beat them 16-0 and we are dealing with some injuries. Our quality showed that day and we were on target finishing in front of the goal.”

Bauer is always keeping an eye out for players that make the most of their opportunities on the field and one of those players is the sophomore Castillo. Castillo has eight goals and three assists through eight district games.

“Lauren (Castillo) has taken advantage of the opportunities she’s been given,” he said. “With the injuries that we have had, and certain players needed rest she has gotten more opportunities this year and she has come along. She has improved since last year and started to listen and do some things that we want her to. We still think she has a lot to improve on, but she is making the most of her opportunities. That is the kind of thing that can put pressure on other girls and make sure they step up and don’t get complacent. We have quality girls that can step up and fill in if necessary.”

As Liberty Hill rolls through district play Bauer does not want the girls to lose focus on the goal at hand which is the playoff journey towards a state championship.

“One of the things we stress to the girls is staying dialed in and concentrating,” he said. “There have been a couple games where the girls may have slacked off a bit and we let them. We have some of the other sophomores and freshman getting opportunities that they normally wouldn’t get. They are hungry for it and hungry to play so we hope that keeps everyone pushing and everyone on their toes.”
Friday Liberty Hill travels to Little River Academy. The girls defeated them 12-0 in the first round of district play and Bauer is hoping for more of the same.

“When we get to Little River Academy Friday, we want to stay up-tempo,” he said. “We have no plans of letting off the gas at all. For us it is not about the score. We are not trying to run it up on anybody. We are going out there and it is time for us to work on things and show what we have been working on. We want to do it the right way. The scores of these games don’t really matter we want to be clicking once the playoffs arrive and come around.”

Liberty Hill will travel to Salado Tuesday for a 7:30 p.m. contest. Salado posed the biggest challenge to Liberty Hill in the first round of district play.

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