Panthers beat Badgers, look to defeat Greyhounds

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(ABOVE) Slade Cummins maintains possession of the ball for Liberty Hill under pressure from a Lampasas defender during the Panthers’ win on Friday.  (RIGHT) Keeper Parker Sargent makes a dive to block a potential goal by Lampasas in a road win on Friday. (Shannon Hofmann Photo)

 Slade Cummins maintains possession of the ball for Liberty Hill under pressure from a Lampasas defender during the Panthers’ win on Friday. (Shannon Hofmann Photo)

By LAUREN JETTE

The Panther soccer team went into the break in a tie at Lampasas on March 4, but came out in the second half and took control of the game for the 4-2 win.

“We had a slow start to Friday’s game and the first half was a pretty even battle, but we picked it up in the second half and took control of the game,” said head coach Darren Bauer.

“Some players are starting to take on a bigger and bigger role with each game and it is starting to lead to more confidence in each other.”

Liberty Hill wasted no time in finding the back of the net first with a goal from Joey Serio off the assist from Slade Cummins in the first minute of play.

The Badgers answered with a goal in the 27th minute of play.

In the second half, the Panthers took the lead with another goal from Serio, with the assist from Zach Zausch in the 85th minute.

A goal from Bryce Stratton off the Lucas Guene assist in the 101st minute increased the Panther lead.

Carter Jenkins found the back of the net in the 104 minute with an assist by Matthew Gainer three minutes later.

The Badgers cut the lead down to two goals with another goal in the 104th minute of play, but ran out of time.

Liberty Hill will face a non-district test against Boerne at Panther Stadium. The Greyhounds are 8-6-3 on the season and hold a 2-1-2 record in district 25 action against Fredericksburg, Bandera, Wimberley and Canyon Lake.

Bauer is looking for his team to dictate the style of play against the Greyhounds.

“Against Boerne, I am looking for a strong showing and the ability to control the game and making them play to our style not theirs,” he said.

The Panthers will take on Boerne at 7 p.m., following the girls match against the Lady Greyhounds at 5 p.m.

“Both the boys and girls games are a good test for the upcoming playoffs,” Bauer said. “Boerne is one of the stronger teams in our region on the boys and girls side and we will have to go through them at some point to reach our goals.”

The Panthers have a 17-3 record and are undefeated in district with a 9-0 record heading into their last district game versus Academy on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

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