In a battle between the top two teams in District 23-5A, the Fort Bend Elkins Lady Knights came away with a 4-0 win over the Texas City Lady Stings on Saturday afternoon at Texas City.
After both teams played to a scoreless first half, the Lady Knights broke free with the wind at their backs in the second half with two goals by Grace Snyder, while Narally Morales and Jessica Neal each found the back of the net.
“My girls came out and pushed hard,” said Elkins head coach Kristen Adams. “We didn’t let them score in the first half when they had the wind and we came out strong in the second half when we had the wind.”
The Lady Knights improved to 8-0-0 in district play while the Lady Stings fell to 7-1-0.
Playing with the wind in the first half, the Lady Stings had a few opportunities early on, but couldn’t quite finish — including a shot that went off the left post of the goal just five minutes into the game.
“Clearly, it’s been awhile since we’ve competed for first place,” said Texas City head coach Lindsay Best. “I think the girls went out in the first half with the wind at our back and played hard. We went back out in the second half with the wind against us and our energy got deflated. Moving forward, we missed some good opportunities, but it’s back to square one. We’ll work on our conditioning.”
Texas City had three corner kicks in the first half that were to no avail.
After awhile, the Lady Knights began to control possession more in the first half while creating a few chances of their own.
“We played to hold them strong since we were against the wind in the first half, but in the second half, as soon as we had the wind, we were good,” Adams said.
Three minutes into the second half, Snyder found the back of the net to give the Lady Knights a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Almost a minute later, Snyder’s shot doubled the lead for Elkins before Morales and Neal made it 4-0.
“Texas City is very strong, but we’re going to fight very hard and try to finish the season undefeated,” Adams said.