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~llml~llUll1131JIl~lllm~Us~ L m.usw,~l t Am,,J~u.a,-u. + Page 2B S Hays Free Press March 23 2011 + + BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com The Hays High girls soccer team will be looking for its first playoff win since 2009 when it plays at Hutto Thursday night in a game scheduled to begin at 6p.m. After a tough 2010 campmgn, the Lady Rebs have gained some of the swagger back that helped them advance to the re- gional finals just three years ago. Thursday night," Reynolds said. "We have "We are nervous, but we are ready to go," worked hard all season to improve, and are Hays senior Lena New said. "I want to get playing some of our best soccer right now. past the first round and know we are very We scored two goals on a Bastrop team that capableofdoingso.Ifeelwecanbringback had only allowed two all district season the tradition of Hays girls soccer." long. If a break or two goes our way in that Hays head coach Cole Reynolds saw his game, we're co-district champs. I think the team go 5-0-1 in the second half of district momentum of what we accomplished in play to wrap up District 49-4Ss No. 2 seed in that game will carry over to the playoffs. I'd the postseason, like to win this one against Hutto and see "I'd be extremely disappointed if we lose how long we can keep this thing going." Lobo Leaders: Trio key cogs on boys soccer team Continued from pg. 1 B Although he has returned to the field this season, Mar~ez still hasn't fully regained the scor- ing burst he possessed two sea- sons ago when he led the Lobes in goals scored. But Martinez has accepted a new role on the team and has maintained his status as one of Lehman's vocal leaders. "I just wanted to come back and be a part of the team and do whatever Coach Sansom needed me to do," Martinez said. Martinez exudes confidence on the field and that aspect of his personality puts many of his teammates and coaches at ease. "Martinez doesn't like to lose," said Sansom. "He battles night in and night out and is al- ways one of the first few guys on the practice field. He plays the game with such confidence." Meanwhile, Garcia, who suffered a serious knee injury against Round RockWestwood back in February 2010, has also struggled to regain his form offensively and has even sat out a couple of games during the early stages of the season because of lingering effects of the injury. Nonetheless, Garcia remains a threat to score each time he touches the ball and has been one of Sansom's most consis- tent players. "Garcia is just a flat out com- petitor," Sansom said. "Once he went down last year it really took us a while to recover. But he has worked extremely hard to come back from his injury I PI ' ' and has been a big part of the reason why we're going back to the playoffs." After a one-year absence, the Lebos are happy to be returning to the playoff party. "It was very hard to ac- cept last year not making the playoffs," Bergstrom said. "When you have been so used to being on a certain level it is difficult to accept anything less. I couldn't wait for this season to start again. Plus, we had two of our leaders back on the field." Lady Labo Soccen The future looks Continued from pg 1B bright The Lehman girls have estab-will need everybody to continue lished themselves as an up-and- what theyhave been doing." coming program and the future Smith, who has played very is looking bright as four of Gar- limited minutes over the past cia's top players leading them five games because of nagging into battle are underclassmen, injuries, is expected to be at full Juniors Haley Parsons, Me- strength for the playoffs, linda Pere~ Amain Smith, along There have also been a mix with sensational freshman Max of seasoned veterans from the Sate, have led the Lady Lobes in playoff team in 2009 playing well scoring for much of the season in their senior season- Mariana and will certainly be counted on Fflipi (an exchange student from to carry their team in the play- Brazil), team captain Amanda offs. Valdez, J~e Rodriguez, "Our scoring has definitely Yesidra Marquez, Valerie Ortiz spread out this season as opposed and Megan Medrano have all had to having one main scorer," said a hand in Lehman's push toward Garda."To beat Hendrickson, we the playoff~ "I'm extremely happy for these seniors that their season has been extended," said Garci~ "It shows that all their hard work has paid off." Narrow losses to second place Hays and third place Giddings may have left the Lady Lobes scrambling for (he fmal spot over the last couple ofw~ts, but since they are officially back in the postseason ~ the second time in school hiatuS, Gar wanm his team to approach the tough order of trying to take down the Lady Hawlm, who have allowed only four goals all seasor with confidence~ "We will show up and play as hard as we can and let the chips fall where they may," said Garcia. "Anything can happens" ' fll ' L0bo Baseball: Shutout ends two-proe sl!de' Continued from ~. 1B " ;: the final three outs of the game for Lehman with a pair of strikeouts and a groundout to preserve the shutout in the sev- enth inning. "This was a big win for us because it was a team we used to split with when they were in our district,'.' Lehman head coach Toby Robinson said. "I thought Vajgert came out and did a good job pitching for us and Cerda's home mn got us going offensively." The Lobes had a chance to score the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning when Rudy Martinez singled and then moved over to second on Hunter Lehman's fielders choice ground out. But on the very next play, Cerdalined a drive into deep left field that was corralled by Julia Zamorano who then wheeled and unleashed a perfect strike to catcher Blake English to tag Martinez out at the plate. Lehman did get on the board first at the bottom of the second inning when Hunter Lehman singled sharply up the middle to score Chris Tello from second and give the Lobes a 1-0 lead. After failing to capitalize on a few scoring opportunities over the next three innings, the Lobes were finally able to extend their lead at the bottom of the fifth after Martinez drew a two-out walk from Del Vails starter Manuel Ruble. Two pitches later, Cerda smashed the drive deep into the night for his sixth home run of the season. "We haven't done this in a while and it feels good," Cerda said. "We've been waiting too long lately to score runs and it all starts in warm-ups. But we will get to where we want to be eventually and we'll start to look like thel[~ehman Lobes we know." ,r The Lobes added four more runs in the sixth inning as Xavi- er Sells, Jacob Urea and Cerda all drove in runs to close the door on the Cardinals. Vajgert was in full command on the hill and worked his way masterfully out of jams in the second and fourth innings. "I was dialed in tonight and when I'm feeling good on the mound it helps the rest of the team focus a little bit more," Vajgert said. "We just have to keep working hard and try to get some wins." The Lobos'had dropped their last two including a paSr of dis- trict games to Smithson Valley and Canyon. Lehman fell behind early at Smithson Valley and milled late in a 7-4 loss. Smithson Valley wasted no trne getting on the board first at the bottom of the first when Kyie Jenkins andWill Blanchard smacked back-to-back doubles off of Lehman starter Justin Penney to give the Rangers an early 1-0 advantage. With the Rangers leading 2-0 in the top of third inning, Cer- da's solo home run to deep left field cut the lead in half. Smithson Valley answered back with three runs in the bot- tom of the fourth inning to ex- tend the lead to 5-1. 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