Lady Panthers seal soccer playoff spot with shutout
By Lauren Jette
The Lady Panthers soccer team shutout Little River Academy 5-0 at home Tuesday night to wrap up district play and claim the second playoff spot.
“It’s great, we wanted first but it’s an improvement from last year, when we got third, so it’s a step forward,” said head coach Darren Bauer.
Liberty Hill got on the board with a goal in the first 30 seconds of play and never let up on the Lady Bees.
The Lady Panthers wrap up district with a 9-3 record in District 25 action. Two of those losses came against a highly ranked Salado team, while the other was a 1-0 loss to Jarrell.
“In those two games against Salado we had, we pushed them until the end,” Bauer said.
“We’re right there and tonight, honestly was probably our best game of the year. The girls are coming together with what we’ve been teaching so hopefully that carries over into the playoffs.”
Liberty Hill will most likely face off against Smithville in the first round of playoffs, Bauer said. Date and location of the game will be announced at a later date.
Smithville holds an 8-12 record after going 5-5 in District 26 play, with two losses to Taylor and Giddings and one loss to Gonzales.
The Lady Panthers recorded 9 shutouts while scoring 43 goals and only allowing 5 goals in district play.
With the Lady Panthers sealing their spot in the playoffs next week, Bauer will be coaching two playoff teams, but doesn’t think scheduling will be an issue for either the girls or boys games.
“Usually coaches are pretty good about it,” he said of the playoff scheduling.
“What usually happens is we both play at the same site, like tonight, it will just be two different teams that we play. Other teams do it for 4A, so it shouldn’t be a problem.”
In a non-district game on March 11, the Lady Panthers faced a rematch against the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last season, but couldn’t come up with the win, losing to Boerne 2-0. The Lady Hounds scored their goals in the 84th and 94th minute of the game.