Texas City ran into a buzzsaw in the form of undefeated and talent-rich New Caney Porter, as the Lady Spartans ended the Lady Stings’ playoff run with an 8-1 win in their Region III-5A area round playoff match Friday.
“We just couldn’t contain them; they were that good,” Texas City head coach Lindsay Best said. “We did the best that we could. … They were just faster and stronger.”
After Porter’s Hannah Adams got the match’s breakthrough goal, in the seventh minute of the first half, Texas City actually managed to tie it up, 1-1, when Karissa Victoria took advantage of a defensive miscue for a one-on-one shot with Porter’s goalkeeper and buried a goal in the back of the net in the 17th minute.
After that, the match was all Porter, though. Four minutes after Victoria’s goal, Porter scored three times in an 8-minute span to take control.
Kimberly Rodriguez, a member of the junior national team of Mexico, got the scoring run started, and 5 minutes later, the lightning-quick Kelly Rodriguez put Porter up, 3-1. Vanessa Torres rebounded a shot deflected off the goalie in the 29th minute for a 4-1 lead, which the Lady Spartans took into the halftime break.
In the 8th minute of the second half, a dangerous ball in the box was deflected multiple times before Adams booted it into the goal for a 5-1 lead and her second goal of the match.
Kimberly Rodriguez got her second goal in the second half’s 17th minute, bending a beauty into the back of the net, and Kelly Rodriguez sent a picture-perfect corner kick into the box in the 22nd minute, which was headed in for a goal by Felicity Fristch.
The Lady Spartans put the exclamation point on their performance netting a final goal with just 3 seconds left on the game clock. The goal came off a Denise Gomez corner kick that was put away by Ashley Garcia.
Enduring an injury-plagued back half of their season, the Lady Stings started only two seniors in Friday’s playoff game, and Best feels like the future is bright for the program, which this season made its first playoff appearance and logged its first playoff win since 2014.