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HaysFreePress.com ......................................................................................... March 27, 2013 Paoe 1B Lady Lobos prevail in PKs, advance to Area round BY MOSES LEOS III news@haysfreepress.com Drama, suspense, controversy, non-stop action - all of these at- tributes were on display in Tues- day's bi-district girls soccer play- off game between Lehman and PflugerviUe Connally, Yet, 80 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime play was not enough to quash the ex- citement. The Lady Lobos and Lady Cougars took the contest to a penalty kick shootout, with Lehman winning 10-8, 5-3 in the penalty kick session. With the win, Lehman ad- vances to the Area round of the UIL Playoffs, where they take on Cedar Park. The Lady Lobos began the contest on a lethargic note, strug- gling to keep possession of the ball on offense. Without standout junior Max Soto in the lineup, who was out with an ankle injury, Lehman had difficulty early on pushing the ball down field. On the opposite side, Connally had few issues utilizing their quick- ness and power in the midfield. Often, the Lady Cougars found open players down the flank, with lots of room to attack the Lobo defense. "We played defensively quite a bit," Lehman head coach Nauri Garcia said. "Their attack was very well organized. We just held off and pushed for counterat- tacks, which are our strength. We are a counter attack team." The Lady Cougars took advan- tage of the defensive ideology of the Lobos. Counally's speed and strength on both sides of the ball overwhelmed the Lady Lobos, who were unable to corral the AHEAD Lady Lobos will face Ce- dar Park in the next round of playoff games Thurs- day, 7 p.m., Lobo Field forwards. Counaliy scored first with 29 minutes remaining in the first half. They struck twice more in a span of seven minutes, with Fali Garuba scoring both goals for the Lady Cougars, giving them a 3-0 lead halfway through the first half. "They were really aggressive, they ,were coming at us really hard, senior left fullbackAnjelica Romero said. "They were getting by us." At that point, the energy and enthusiasm had been expunged from the predominant Lehman crowd. The speed and tenacity of the Lady Cougar offense took manybysurprise. Forman Con- nally's three initial goals seemed to spell the end ofthe contest. However, no one told the Lady Lobos. Lehman's rally began with 17 minutes to go in the first half, as senior Madison Blok connected on 30 yard free kick to cut the Connallylead to 3-1. One minute later, on a full out counterattack, freshman Mena Svendson re- ceived a pass deep in the comer of the Connally zone. Instead of crossing the ball in front of the net, Svendson dribbled her way into the penalty box, using quick feet to navigate beyond defend- ers. Svendson's effort led her to a point blank shot in front of the net, bringing Lehman back with- in one at 3-2. LADY LOBOS SOCCER, pg. 2B PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Lady Lobo Presley Bailey dribbles down field against a Pflugerville Con- nally defender. Lehman advances after winning 5-3 in penalty kick shoot out. Hays girls soccer.hands East Vzew a 2-1 kzck .... BY EMILY BUSTOS news@haysfreepress.com It was tough back and forth game of fairly evenly matched players. But, in the end, the Hays Lady Rebel soccer team beat East View 2-1, advancing to the second round of the playoffs. Earlier in the year, the two teams had faced each other in January's Rebel Cup. Georgetown East View Lady Patriots came into the game, having taken third in their district. With the win Tuesday night, next Hays will play Rouse on Thursday at Shelton Stadium in the next round of play- offs. Game time will be an- nounced. East View Patriots were the first to get on the scoreboard, at 17:27 mark in the first half. The Lady Rebels were push- ing hard at goal at the 11:15 mark, barely missing their shot on goal. But they were not yet satisfied with their shots, as sophomore Mariah Gaitan drove up the right side of the field and passed to freshman Kayla Humphries, who came pushing through the pack, shooting and scor- ing to tie the game 1-1 at 7:59 in the first half. "We prepared this week by HAYS GIRLS SOCCER, pg. 2B PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Hays No. 3 Mila Bustos high-kicks a pass through to Savannah Derr ck (facing camera) in the first round of soccer playoffs against Georgetown East View. The Lady Rebels will advance after defeat- ing the Patriots 2-1 and play Thursday against Reagan at Sheiton Stadium. Penalty kick puts Lehman ahead m playoffgame BY JOSHUA YOUNG sports@haysfreepress.com The Lehman boys soccer team in its first post-season game this year went to Man- or and came back with a 3-2 win. The game was a rematch from an earlier season game in which Lehman defeated Manor 1-0 in a nail-biter to claim third place in the Rebel Cup. The outcome this time was decided by a penaly kick. Both squads found holes in the opposing team's de- fense and took advantage of weaknesses. But, in the end, Lehman's Diego Garcia got fouled in the penalty area to set up Eli Guajardo's success- ful penalty kick that gave the Lobos their victory. Up next for the Lobos, an- other rematch from this sea- son, a matchup against Aus- tin Reagan High School, that ended in a 1-1 tie in the Rebel Cup earlier this year. The game will take place Thurs- day at 6 p.m. at Nelson Field in Austin. The tone of the Monday's playoffgame was set from the start when freshman Garcia attacked the box in the fifth minute of the match and took a hard fall. Anticipating a foul PHOTO BY OYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Lobo Eli Guajardo races past an Akins Eagle at an earlier game this season. call, Garcia was surprised when the official reached for a yellow card and signaled the freshman for diving. With that, the momentum shifted and the Mustangs went on the attack, challenging the Lehman defense and using every opportunity to keep Lehman goalkeeper Mikey Torres on his toes. The Mustangs struck first LEHMAN BOYS SOCCER, pg. 2B Rebels claims district lead with win over Alamo Heights BY CHARLES DEE sports@haysfreepress.com The Hays Rebel baseball team remained unde- feated in district play with a thrilling 5-4 win over the Alamo Heights Mules Friday night at Rebel field. As has become their habit, the Rebs trailed 4-3 into the bottom of the sixth when Justin Mon- tana, following an Adrian Acosta single and a walk to J.C. Cerda, hit a long fly ball tO left cen- terfield that the wind held up just enough for the Heights outfielder to misplay and allow both runs to score and post the Rebels to the 5-4 lead. Tyler Woodmansee then pitched a strong sev- enth to ensure the Rebel victory. Starter Alec Swofford was masterful for three in- nings giving the Rebs a chance to build a three run lead with a Nate Scott single, a Justin Diaz double and Acosta's 2 run home run. Swofford ran into trouble in the fourth when the Mules surrounded an error and a walk with a pair of singles and a double to push across their only four nms. RelieverWood- mansee entered with two outs and shut the door on the Mules for the rest of the way, giving up only two hits while allowing no runs and earning the win. Acosta led the offensive way for the Rebs with the big home run and a single. Alex Robles also added a pair of hits to the cause. The Rebs have won 12 of their last 13 and are now 14-4 on the year and 5-0 in District 27 AAAA. The win over Heights followed a last inning rally against Boeme Champion on Tuesday to garner a 6-4 win. The Rebels play the cross-town rival Leh- man Lobos at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Rebel field. PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Hays Rebel pitcher Todd Woodmansee faces down an Alamo Heights batter at the Friday night game. Lady Rebel softball wins 7-1 over the Lady Lobos BY RAFAEL MARQUEZ news@haysfreepress.com Travelling to Lobo field to face their cross- town rival, the Lady Lobos, in softball, the Lady Rebels came back victorious again - Hays 7, Lehman 1. Sophomore pitcher Erin Mendoza start- ed on the mound for Lehman squaring off against Hays for the first time of her ca- reer. Angel Cruz, the regular Lehman pitch- er, started off in right field: Lehman head coach Bill Holmes said he wanted to show Hays "something different... Erin [Mendoza] throws the ball a little harder, and she has a bit more of a drop off in her pitch." Hayg first batter, short stop Maddy Shan- non, hit a triple and later got pushed home by Hannah Ramsey's fly ball. Clarissa Gon- zalez also hit a triple and later scored, thanks to Mendoza walking Karina Rocha. Lehman's pitcher Mendoza had some dif- ficulty finding the strike zone, and ended up walking three batters. The Lady Rebels scored two more times, bringing the total scored to four runs in their opening turn at bat. Lehman answered with some offense, get- ting runners on base for the first time this year against Hays' pitcher Sarah Leal. Jess Gonzalez and Clarissa Rayos each hit singles to get on base. But, Lehman was not be able to produce a run and both runners were left See HAYS SOFTBALL, pg. 2B PHOTO BY RAFAEL MARQUE Sophomore Lehman pitcher Erin Mendoza faced Hays for the first time in her career in the game Tues- day night.