Mustangs soccer delivers defense
January 13, 2014, 4:00 pm by Mark Goodson
By Mark Goodson
Highlander Sports Editor
The Marble Falls Lady Mustangs soccer team took third place in last weekend's Marble Falls Winter Classic by winning a double-round, sudden-death shootout against Leander.
Siebhan Patterson scored the game-winner in the shootout against Leander.
Marble Falls recorded four shutouts in the tournament in the debut of keeper Kelly Copeland. Copeland, playing soccer for the first time, had shutouts against Fredericksburg, Salado and Port Neches Groves to a spot in the third place game.
Macy Hoover led all scorers over the weekend and Patterson also turned in a great all-around performance, including making the trophy-winning penalty kick.
The defense was led by Megan Morgan and defensive player of the tournament Shelbi Wyatt. Karina Palacio, Marilyn Martinez, Marley Colbert and goalkeeper Copeland also were solid.
In the opener, the Lady Mustangs beat Fredericksburg, 4-0. Freshman Skyler Noack scored on a corn kick with seven minutes left in the first half. Hoover, a sophomore, heated up with two goals in the second half, showing good range from out top on the perimeter. With 13 minutes left, sophomore forward Emma Sharp drilled a goal for a 4-0 lead in windy conditions.
Britney Deering also had a solid tournament and was big controlling the ball on the offensive end.
On Friday, the team also beat Salado, 1-0, on a Hoover goal.
Saturday, the team squared off against Port Neches Groves and battled under sunny skie and less wind that on Friday. It proved to be a defensive gem from Copeland and company.
The game went into a shootout and the teams went through 20 shots before sophomore Gailey Quinn ended it with a 5-4 win in the shootout format.
Scoring in the shootout against Port Neches were Sharp, Morgan, Xochilt Mendez and Deering. Ana Rdriguez and Katrina Palacio had misses in Marble Falls last two shots.
The boys team had a win, loss and tie in its first three
games of the tournament.
"That’s not the type of soccer we like to play,’’ Marble Falls coach Rick Hoover said. "They like to hit it deep and hope for fouls. We want to play more possession soccer.’’
Marble Falls keeper is Carlos Campos and he played well in the opening 0-0 tie with Fredericksburg and the 5-1 win over Killeen Shoemaker.
Scoring against Shoemaker were Jimmy Fermin, Juan Campos, Nick Cano and Marky Marichilar. Fermin scored twice.
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