By TONY EIERDAM
Mineral Wells forward Kaleigh Aaron scored a goal and added a pair of assists and goalkeeper Brittany Smith recorded her second District 12-4A shutout as the Lady Rams ran past Saginaw, 3-0, Wednesday night at Ram Stadium.
The win raises the Lady Rams’ district mark to 3-2.
The Lady Rams were aggressive offensively, peppering the Saginaw goalkeeper with 30 shots.
Lady Rams head coach John Tuggle said the win was a complete effort by the team.
“Kaleigh played very well, and Saginaw gave her and everyone else space to move the ball,” Tuggle said. “I think we had more speed than they did, and we had a lot of shots and put pressure on them.
“Kaleigh and Bre (Hinojos) put a lot of pressure on Saginaw’s defense, and we had our fare share of runs.
“We kept possession of the ball and took good shots. The kids played well.”
The Lady Rams also displayed a solid defensive game as Saginaw rarely entered MWHS territory.
“On film we saw that No. 4 was their big scorer, so we made sure she would not touch the ball,” Tuggle said. “We played keep away with her.
“We executed our defensive game plan very well. Mason Malone really stepped up on defense. She was the player keying on No. 4 and she did a good job of keeping her from getting possession of the ball.
“But in addition to Mason, Erin McGuire and the rest of our defenders played very well. All of them did their part, and Brittany played well in goal.”
Aaron gave the Lady Rams a 1-0 lead in the first half on a left-footed shot just outside the box. Stormie Mayo recorded the assist on the goal.
In the second half the Lady Rams’ lead grew to 2-0 when Aaron fired a crossing pass to Caroline Clarke, who caught the pass just inside the box, dribbled forward and fired a shot that found the back of net to the left of the Saginaw ‘keeper with 8:07 left to play.
The Lady Rams added an insurance goal with 3:20 remaining when Hinojos took a pass from Aaron, streaked down the left sideline, beat a defender and blasted the ball past the Saginaw keeper from short range.
Tuggle feels the win will help the team gain the confidence it needs to make the playoffs for the fourth season in a row.
“This is a huge win,” Tuggle said. “Now we have to take care of Boswell and Brewer (which will end the first half of district play).”
By TONY EIERDAM
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