Mineral Wells Index
By CLINT FOSTER
The Mineral Wells Rams and Lady Rams soccer teams hosted district rival Springtown with great results on a cold, windy Tuesday night in Ram Stadium.
Rams tie Porcupines, 2-2
Mineral Wells' boys soccer team opened the evening, battling Springtown to a 2-2 tie. The back-and-forth battle saw the Rams down twice before they could rally in the second half to earn the hard-fought draw against their district rivals.
"We were hoping for a win, obviously, but a tie's better than a loss," head coach Rolando Borjon said with a smile. "The kids fought and hung in there. We just started a little slow, but we picked it up in the end and came out with a tie. You couldn't ask for anything else."
The Rams found themselves down early, but a well-placed shot off the foot of sophomore Zachary Gray would knot the score at 1-1.
Springtown soon answered and took a 2-1 lead into halftime.
Both offenses stalled for much of the second half, often advancing deep into enemy territory, but failing to take advantage of the opportunities. But when his team needed him most, senior Anthony Johnson rose to the occasion and scored to tie the game again.
"He's been working hard this year and he stepped it up in the second half," Borjon said of Johnson. "Anthony's really been our threat offensively this year. His heart and experience has been a big key."
Lady Rams crush Springtown, 4-0
It seemed the Rams' tough game against the Porcupines served as merely an opening act for the bludgeoning that was to come when the Lady Rams took the field. Mineral Wells cruised to a 4-0 victory, limiting Springtown to only two shots in a suffocating effort.
It didn't take long for the Lady Rams to get the ball rolling, as Kylie Williams scored on a header off of a corner kick by Erin McGuire just six minutes into the game. The Lady Rams took a 1-0 lead into hafltime, having not allowed Springtown a single shot on goal throughout the entire first half.
Springtown would make its only two shots at the beginning of the second half – both saved by goalie Brittany Smith – and after that, the floodgates opened.
Williams scored again, out running the defense at the 37:15 mark. Her second goal was followed by a similar one off the foot of Mollie Martinez, who outran the Springtown defense with the help of a long pass from Breanna Hinojos.
Mason Malone would provide the exclamation point, scoring the game's fourth and final goal with just over four minutes left thanks to an assist from Kaleigh Aaron.
In all, the Lady Rams had 33 shots, 26 on goal and 11 corners.
With the dominating effort in the books, both the Rams and Lady Rams will be back in action, Friday, when they take a trip to Azle to face the Hornets.