HOUSTON

Clear Lake’s leading goal scorer Katie Guhl put four balls into the back of Friendswood’s net, as the Falcons topped the Lady Mustangs, 4-0, on Monday at Clear Lake High School.

Clear Lake’s unique style of play gave Friendswood fits, as the Falcons put together a scoring barrage late in the first half and took a commanding 3-0 lead into the halftime break.

“They don’t play with a midfield, they just kick the ball long and try to outrun you, and we had a lot of problems in the first half with allowing ourselves to get split in the back,” Friendswood head coach Laura Peter said. “So, we had some trouble with the kick and run game.”

In the 29th minute of the first half, Guhl was on the receiving end of a long through ball, and utilized her speed for a fast-break breakthrough goal. It was more of the same in the first half’s 34th minute and 36th minute, but the goals did come with some possible controversy, Peter said.

“There were some questionable offside calls, but the referee is on the line and you’re not, so you don’t get to make that call for him,” Peter said.

Friendswood created some scoring chances in the second half, but just couldn’t come through with a big play.

In the second half’s 13th minute, sophomore forward Joanne Kaouk put a throw-in deep into Clear Lake’s box, but the Lady Mustangs couldn’t get a good look at the goal. In the 22nd minute, Clear Lake’s defense headed away a corner kick into the box from junior forward Olivia Rhodes, and about a minute later, broke up a Friendswood fast break.

Friendswood had another corner kick opportunity, but Kaouk missed the mark on a header. About two minutes later, Clear Lake’s keeper deflected a shot, and Friendswood attempted to take advantage of the empty net with a long shot, but missed wide left.

In the second half’s 36th minute, Guhl made a strong run and booted in her fourth goal of the game.

“Our goal in the second half was to not give up a goal, and unfortunately we did with about four minutes left,” Peter said. “We didn’t accomplish that, but we played better.”

With the loss, Friendswood’s (8-4-0 in District 24-6A) chances to potentially catch up to Clear Lake (10-1-1) for the district’s runner-up spot were erased, and the Lady Mustangs are now locked into a third-place playoff berth.

Up next for Friendswood will be another tough match against Clear Springs (10-0-1) scheduled for 7:30 p.m. March 20 at Henry Winston Stadium.

James LaCombe: 409-683-5242, james.lacombe@galvnews.com or on Twitter @JamesAtGalvNews

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