Lady Panthers record two more shutouts

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In a 3-0 victory over Gateway Prep Tuesday afternoon, Payton Swieczkowski connects with a teammate to move the ball forward and out of pressure. (Shannon Hofmann Photo)

In a 3-0 victory over Gateway Prep Tuesday afternoon, Payton Swieczkowski connects with a teammate to move the ball forward and out of pressure. (Shannon Hofmann Photo)

By LAUREN JETTE

The Lady Panthers got another shutout win Tuesday night, defeating Georgetown Gateway 3-0 on the road.

It was a slow start to the game, as Liberty Hill didn’t get on the board until the second half.

Courtney Peterson scored the first goal off the assist from Payton Swieczkowski in the 99th minute of play.

That was followed up with a goal from Kaitlyn Peterson, who scored off the assist from C. Peterson in the 103rd minute.

The final goal came from K. Peterson, with the assist by Brooke Landry in the 117th minute of play.

“It was good to get another shut out win and gain more confidence heading towards the playoffs,” said head coach Darren Bauer.

“We did not get off to a good start in the first half. We were a bit slow to the ball and not aggressive enough, but we turned that around in the second half and put away our chances.”

With only one district game left on the schedule, it was important to get the win, even while not at full strength.

“It was a great sign that we could still dominate the game with some key absences from injuries and having some younger players step in and be effective,” Bauer said.

In a road game against Lampasas on March 4, the Lady Panthers posted another shutout, defeating the Lady Badgers 1-0.

K. Peterson scored off the assist from C. Peterson.

Next up for the Lady Panthers is a non-district home game against Boerne Friday, a sort of rematch from last year’s playoffs, as the Lady Hounds bounced Liberty Hill out in the regional quarterfinal.

In the latest rankings release on Monday by the Texas Girls Coaches Association, the Lady Hounds are number seven in the poll with a 12-4-2 record.

Boerne has five district wins against one draw, with 46 goals scored and only one goal allowed in those six games, and are coming off a 6-0 win over Canyon Lake Tuesday night.

“The Boerne game will be a good test. Having made the state tournament and knocking the girls out of the playoffs last year the girls will be looking for a better result,” Bauer said.

“We have showed this year that we can play with the big teams, we just need to find that last little piece to push us over the edge. I think this game provides another game we can test our ability and see what adjustments need to be made when it comes time for the playoffs.”

The Lady Panthers will take the field at Panther Stadium at 5 p.m. Friday, with the boys following at 7 p.m. The final regular season game is against Little River Academy on Tuesday.

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