HEMPSTEAD – The Lady Cardinals used two goals each from Brittany Vasquez and Jessica Elias, and the Columbus defense sparkled in a 4-0 season opening shutout of Hempstead Jan. 8.
“I thought that we played pretty well for our first game of the season,” said head girls soccer coach Ross Ma-cha. “Offensively, the girls moved the ball well. We missed some shots when we had good looks at the goal, but I think that will come around as long as we continue to make good passes and get good scoring opportunities.”
Sophomore Brittany Vasquez scored the first Lady Cards’ goal of the season with 24:10 left in the first half, with an assist from junior Jessica Elias.
The Lady Cats struck again less than two minutes later when Elias scored her first goal of the season at the 22:17 mark.
With 27:26 remaining in the second half, Vasquez found the back of the net again to give the Columbus girls a 3-0 advantage. Junior Lyndon Schaefer had a brilliant assist on Vasquez’s second goal of the match.
Elias scored her second goal with 19:20 remaining in the match.
Lourdes Medina Baca was a perfect 4-4 in goal on the night, shutting down every Hempstead shot that came her way.
“Defensively, we had a strong night,” said Ma-cha. “We spent most of the night either in the center of the field or near their goal. Anica Espinoza and Anjelica Mendoza did a great job of cutting off plays in the middle of the field. When they tried to make runs along the sidelines, Kaylee Mladenka, Jenni Martinez and Nancy Hernandez all did a very good job of turning the ball back to our offensive players.”
The Lady Cards played in the Giddings Iron Horse Tournament on Thursday and Friday but results were not available at press time.