Lady Panthers show improvement in soccer scrimmage

Midfielder Alex Svetlik beats a Hutto opponent in a one-on-one battle to move the ball toward the Hutto goal. (Shannon Hofmann Photo)

Midfielder Alex Svetlik beats a Hutto opponent in a one-on-one battle to move the ball toward the Hutto goal. (Shannon Hofmann Photo)

By Lauren Jette

The Lady Panthers soccer team dropped a 5-0 scrimmage to Hutto at Panther Stadium Tuesday night, but head coach Darren Bauer wasn’t disappointed by what he saw from his team.

“You know, the score line is unfortunate, but we’re not worried about score lines right now, it’s still a scrimmage,” he said. “We start worrying about scores Friday, when the season starts.”

The Lady Hippos struck first in the 29 minute, but then broke the game open in the second half with goals in the 84th, 93rd, 96th and 111th minutes.

“Hutto is a good team. They had the one girl in the middle who controlled everything, but we had to be able to control that one player,” Bauer said. “Like I told the girls from the East View game, we played a really good half. I felt (Tuesday), the first 10 or 15 minutes we played well, the last 10 or 15, 20 minutes we played well, the problem is we haven’t put a full game together yet. The problem is in those gaps we’re missing, we’re getting scored on.”

Since this game still counts as a scrimmage, Bauer said he didn’t make any adjustments during the half, instead focusing on getting the team to focus on their game plan.

“Normally, we would have made adjustments (at the half), but we were just working on stuff today,” he said. “At halftime, it was kind of telling them to play the gaps we had been working on in practice because they were seeing it, but they still weren’t playing it. We were kind of waiting for a perfect ball and we finally quit waiting for a perfect ball in the last 15 or 20 minutes and got some breakaways.”

Still, Bauer saw some improvements in the Lady Panthers, despite the final outcome of the game.

“As a whole, there’s things we’re working on and we’re starting to see it and we’re starting to play it and I’m happy with it right now.”

After ending a game against Georgetown East View with a 0-0 draw on New Year’s Day, Bauer has seen improvements from the Lady Panthers.

“We’re starting to be more comfortable with the ball. We’re starting to see slotted balls and gap balls that we’re trying to find that they’re not used to playing,” Bauer said. “The biggest thing is that we’re starting to gel more as a team, we’re starting to know where each other are. It’s just putting it all together for a game right now.” T

he Lady Panthers look to continue to build on those improvements this weekend, when they travel to Killeen for a tournament Friday and Saturday.