ELSA – They’ve progressed nicely so far, performing well in tournaments, and the Lady Bobcats appear intent on widening the District 31-6A field once league play rolls around at the end of the month.

EHS, which won the title at the Edcouch-Elsa Tournament last week, has amassed a side with quite a bit of speed, a deadly scorer, and a mix of youth and experience. Suffice to say that veteran coach Serjio Elizarraraz is excited about what is to come.

“We are way ahead of where we were last year, at this point,” said the coach, whose girls defeated Alice 5-0, beat home side E-E on penalty kicks, and then took out Progreso, 1-0 in the nightcap of a busy Thursday. “The girls are playing with a lot of confidence right now, as we went to the semifinals at the Laredo Tournament, every time we play they seem to get better, more confident.”

The Lady Bobcats subsequently defeated LBJ and Edcouch again Friday (3-2) to clinch first place. North advanced to the third-place game after losing to E-E, and won in convincingly style, 3-0 against LBJ.

The victorious Lady ‘Cats have a strong attack this season led by relentless goal wizard Leah Sanchez, with experienced and gritty Debanhi Rodriguez running things in the middle. Goalie Kristen Salinas is among the best in the league, giving the Lady ‘Cats an athletic standout in net. Add in freshman twins Miriela and Melina Munoz and the team is ready to detonate on unsuspecting 31-6A entries. Miriela, in particular, shows a ton of talent with the ball on the right side, while right winger Regina Monroy – who produced the goal against Progreso near the end of the first half, and also tallied in the final – is an attacker who will also track back and defend.

“I think we are going to score some this season, because we have several girls who can put the ball in the net,” said Coach Eli, whose side got six scores in a scrimmage against Palmview and has been steady in burning the net during the first 10 matches. “It’s been a few years since we have had as many kids with skill, so we expect that if things go right, we will be in the race. If we play good defense, we’ll have a shot.”

The Vela girls outlasted Rivera Friday at home, taking a 4-3 result on a late goal from slippery sophomore Taylor Campbell. Once up 3-1, the Lady Sabes suffered iffy work in the second-half rain, allowing the Lady Raiders to go even on terms. Rivera also looped in a goal at the horn, but it was disallowed by the officials, ending a wild night.

 

BOYS’ SOCCER LOG

As for the city teams on the boys’ side, Econ went 2-2-1 at the BISD Tourney last weekend while EHS won in penalties over Laredo United South at the same event. Vela beat Rowe down in Brownsville and battled LBJ into penalties before subsiding.

North did well up north at the Mira’s Gulf Coast Classic, tying two and winning on the last day, against P-SJ-A Memorial. The Cougars are 2-3-4 so far, with Econ 5-4-1, EHS 4-6-2 and Vela 5-4-0.

 

YET ANOTHER SOFTBALL KID HEADED TO COLLEGE

EHS star Erika Cortez signed a letter of intent to play softball at UTSA next year, one of a long line of diamond signees this season, and definitely one of the best. She led the Lady ‘Cats to the league title with a ton of power at the plate and great work from the mound.

Now she prepares for a senior season in which the Lady ‘Cats have added North infielder Seci Lopez to the mix. Cortez should once again be the fulcrum upon which the powerful Red and Blue machine turns.