Mineral Wells Index
By TONY EIERDAM
FORT WORTH – State-ranked No. 3 Denton Guyer scored twice in the first half and added three goals in the second to defeat the Mineral Wells Lady Rams, 5-1, here Tuesday night in a Class 4A bi-district playoff soccer match.
Despite the four-goal win, the game was not easy for the Lady Wildcats. The Lady Rams made Guyer earn each goal, and MWHS head coach John Tuggle was pleased with his team’s effort, but more so its attitude.
“We came in with a demeanor to win,” Tuggle said. “We had played Aledo and Boswell in district and some better teams in non-district games, so we knew we could play with anybody.
“There wasn’t a thought that we were playing the No. 3 team in the state so let’s just go out and play and get it over with. No, these girls came here to play to win.
“We fell short, but we did something no other Mineral Wells girls soccer team has done and that is score a goal in a playoff game.
“District 11-4A (Guyer’s district) is a very strong district, and for the most part I felt like we played with them. I have a group of winners, and the girls played like winners (Tuesday night).”
It took 20 minutes for Guyer to get on the board. Sam Sanders took a pass from the right side and deposited the ball into the left side of the net for a 1-0 lead.
Three minutes later, Hannah Alspach scored the first of her three goals on a top-shelf shot from 30 yards out for a 2-0 advantage that remained at the half.
Alspach scored again seven minutes into the second half from 25 yards out, and the Lady Wildcats extended the lead to 4-0 when Megan Stokes scored from within the box with 11:49 left to play.
The Lady Rams broke the shutout when Molly Clarke scored on a penalty kick to cut the lead to 4-1.
Guyer closed the scoring with Alspach’s third goal.
Guyer finished with 17 shots on goal.
The contest was the final high school soccer match fro seniors Clarke, Sami Stevens, Emily Clingings, Miriam Garcia, Juana Velasquez, Jessica Baeza, Bailey Thomas, Flor Turcios and Marlene Betancourt.
“Molly was the only one in this class that I brought up on varsity her freshman year,” Tuggle explained. “The others I put on the junior varsity because I wanted them to learn to play together.
“They joined Molly on varsity in their sophomore year.
“They all grew up together, and I think that is why we have reached the playoffs the last three years. I made an investment four years ago, and it paid off.”