Girls soccer team nets two wins at tourney

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Recovering from injuries sustained during last soccer season, junior Gabby Garcia is back in the Panther midfield. (Shannon Hofmann Photo)

Recovering from injuries sustained during last soccer season, junior Gabby Garcia is back in the Panther midfield. (Shannon Hofmann Photo)

The Lady Panthers showed their mettle against 5A and 6A soccer teams at a tournament in Killeen last weekend and balanced out two losses with two wins.

“The girls played very well. Only allowing a goal in the first three matches against all 6A programs is a great step forward,” said head coach Darren Bauer.

Liberty Hill blanked Georgetown Gateway 3-0 to end the tournament with a win. Kaitlyn Peterson scored a goal off an assist by Averi Stratton. Alex Svetlik scored with an assist by Stratton, and then found the net again later in the match.

Waco defeated the Lady Panthers 1-0.

Against Copperas Cove, Liberty Hill won the 1-1 decision after outscoring the Lady Dawgs 3-1 in penalty kicks. Payton Swiecskowski scored the Lady Panthers’ lone goal in regulation.

In the opening game of the tournament, the Lady Panthers lost to Killeen Shoemaker 1-1 after failing to find the back of the net during penalty kicks. Svetlik scored the lone regulation goal.

“We had our chances to win each game, which means we are starting to create chances to score and starting to control the ball like we have been working towards,” Bauer said.

“It is still early in the season and we are still looking to improve with every practice and game. The girls worked very hard and they are starting to see the payoff from that hard work. The tournament this weekend should allow us to build upon our success.”

The Lady Panthers will compete in a tournament in Salado Thursday through Saturday, before returning home to host Wimberley Tuesday. Varsity will take the field at 5:30 p.m. for their final match before starting district at Florence on Jan. 26.

The junior varsity will travel to Salado Monday to take on the Lady Eagles. The match is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.

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