Panther soccer team gaining momentum
By LAUREN JETTE
The Panther soccer team will head into a tournament at Belton this weekend looking to keep a streak going after posting two wins and their first shutout.
On Monday, Liberty Hill shutout Gatesville 3-0.
Pedro Silva struck first in the second minute of the game off an assist by Izaac Zausch. That was followed up in the 13th minute by a goal from Joseph Serio, off the assist by Jack Brewer. Colton Walter put in the Panthers’ final goal in the 22 minute off a Serio assist.
The junior varsity team also shutout Gatesville, 6-0.
Against Canyon Lake on Jan. 15, the Panthers scored a 4-1 win.
Pedro Silva put in the Panthers’ first goal off a Dawson Carroll assist in the 10th minute.
Zausch punched the ball in off a Carter Jenkins assist in the 21st minute to put Liberty Hill up 2-0.
Canyon Lake answered with a score in the 30th minute of play.
The Panthers answered with a third goal in the 106th minute by Garrett Smith, with the assist from Jenkins. Smith found the back of the net again in the 121st minute with the assist from Clayton Oehrlein to seal the win for Liberty Hill.
“It’s a good win,” said head coach Darren Bauer.
“It’s still a mistake here or there, today it didn’t lead to a loss, before it has at the beginning of the season. A 4-1 win, personally I think it could have been more, we just have to learn to finish our chances because in the future against other opponents we’re not going to get as many. But it’s come together, we’re playing well, we’re playing fast, we’re playing quick, the way we want to and the guys are having fun, which is the best part.”
The Panthers will look to continue that success at Belton Thursday, Friday and Saturday before opening district action at Florence next Tuesday.
“I think our midfield is starting to link together and move for each other and play very quickly, which is what we’re working towards,” Bauer said.
“I think that’s going to be a big difference between us and other teams, so the fact that it’s coming together and looking better is good.”
Bauer likes that his team continues to improve from each game, and hopes to keep it up through district games.
“I want to keep building, which we have been, from each game. We’re getting better and better and better. That’s what we did last year and hopefully that continues this year. We’ll keep pushing forward.”