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Section B + HaysFreePress.com LESS DOWN DRAINS Hays CISD makes switch to waterless urinals to save and conserve. - Page 1D April 3, 2013 Page 1B eye on BY JOSHUA YOUNG sports@haysfreepress.com "80 More Minutes" - That phrase has been the mantra for the Lehman Lobos boys soccer team in the playofts this year. The reasoning is simple, that's all you're guaranteed if you win - 80 more minutes of soccer. The Lobos used those inspiring words to defeat the Reagan Raiders on Thursday, outscoring them 3-1 but dominating from the opening kick. All season long, Lehman took advantage of mistakes early in the game, and this night was no different. Inside the second minute mark, the first strike occurred. Manuel Diego slid a pass through the defense to Diego Garcia who then buried it in the back of the net to give the Lobos a lead - before many in the crowd even had a chance to sit down. Lehman controlled possession throughout much of the first half, rendering the Reagan attack to long runs and rejected crosses. Late in the first half, Eli Guajardo struck a free kick over a wail of Reagan defenders and into the goal for a devastating 2-0 Lobo lead going into the halftime break. minutes left in the match, Guajardo an opponent to be named. By the NEXT PL~YOFF GAME found space through the right side of time they arrived back home at the The Lehman soccer team's next the defense and launched a low shot school in Kyle, they learned it would match is against the Connally past the Raiders' keeper into the left be a familiar opponent - Pflugerville Cougars, 7 p.m. Friday at Connally corner for his record-breaking 26th Connally. High School in Pflugerville. goal of the season. The Lobes had defeated Connally With that, the Lobes exhaled in the first round last year to earn The Raiders came ont in the second and held on for the last 10 minutes, the school's first playoff victory in half much more aggressive with a guaranteeing them another game in any team sport. The Lobes know the different alignment up top. Lehman the playofts. Reagan was able to score Cougars will be looking for their own goalkeeper Mikey Tortes had another with seven seconds ]eft, but the story redemption this year and there will outstanding game as he turned away was already written - Lehman boys be a bit more at stake this time. Both several chances for Reagan early in made history again by advancing teamshavedreamsofplayingfurther the half. to the Sectional Round of the UIL into April, but right now, they are The Lobes looked to counterattack playofts, only promised 80 more minutes. on every possession, seeking a third After the game, the Lobes were GametimeissetforTp.m.Fridayat goal. Finally, with only about 10 relaxed and loose as they waited for Connally High School in Pflugervil]e. m BY RAFAEL MARQUE sports@haysfreepress.com Ending their postseason play, the Lady Rebels soccer team fell 3-2 to Leander's Rouse Raiders in their post-season game at Shelton stadium, just as they were making their comeback for the night. With a lot of midfield play, neither team could establish dominance during the game. Rouse was the first team to take a shot at the goal, and Hays quickly answered with a shot of its own, but neither shot met the net. The teams took tums applying pressure on each other for most of the first half. Hays seemed to have some issues with taking and keeping control of the ball. Both teams had breakaway attacks and several corner kicks but neither team was able to score. At one point, Rouse's Madison Murphy was practically alone in front of the wide-open Hays goal. Murphy kicked the ball too hard and the ball ended up going over the horizontal post. There was no score in the game until Rouse's Katy Glenn cashed in a free kick with 3:24 left in the first half. The ball went over the wall, then just over the reach of the Hays' goalie and into the net. At the end of the first half, the score was Hays 0, Rouse 1. At the start of the second half, Hays' Mila Bustos tied the score with a powerful kick that went past the Rouse goalie and met the net. Less than two minutes into the second half, the score was tied at 1. Rouse, however, answered quickly. On a fast break, with some fancy footwork, Katy Glenn broke free of the Hays defense and kicked the ball right into the middle of the Hays goal. At the 37:39 mark of the second half, the score stood at Hays 1, Rouse 2. Rouse continued its pressure on Hays, taking several shots that either went wide or over the Hays goal. The Hays players kept losing individual battles for the ball, which meant that possession was usually on the See LADY REBEL SOCCER, log. 2B PHOTO BY C~tIilJ~:H-BARTOll Hays' Samantha Gordon (left) heads the ball over a Rouse player. Despite a late corr~:ra~'k by the Lady Rebels, the soccer team fell to Rouse 3-2 in the second game of the playoffs. ~: ........, ...r , , PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Lady Lobe freshman Aimee Vargas (left) jostles with a Cedar Park defender for possession of the ball in the team's Area round match on March 28. The Lehman Girls soccer team fell 7-0, yet they completed one of the most successful playoff runs in program history. BY MOSES LEOS III moses@haysfreepress.com but overcoming the defensive prowess of Cedar Park proved to be something Lehman could not accomplish. Just 48 hours before their It only took Cedar Park four Area round match against minutes to score their first Cedar Park on March 28, the goal, another six minutes of Lehman Lady Lobos soccer action for the Lady Timber- team completed a magical wolves to net their second. comeback fortheages. In both instances, the Lady The team rallied back from Lobos were unable to keep a 3-0 deficit midway through possession, as Cedar Park ag- the first half against Pfluger- gressively attacked Lehman's ville Connally. trading goals midfleld. and leads. Still, 100 minutes From there, Cedar Park's of play could not determine speed advantage took effect, a victor. The game went to a as the forwards, led by So- penalty kick shootout, with phie Sanchez, sped beyond theLadyLoboswinningoneof the range of Lehman defend- the most emotionally charged ers. Their speed and tenacity games in program history, in the scoring third proved to Two days later, Lehmanbe a challenge that Lehman needed to drum up the same could not handle. magic that earned them the '~kll we could do was to pre- big bi-district round win. dict their plays and keep up But, the Lady Timber- with them," said senior full- wolves, winners of District 51- back AnjeliCa Romero, who 4A, proved to be a team that acknowledged the standout no magic could dispeU. Cedar play of the Lady Tunber- Park's relentless offense and wolves. "We just kept pushing, stifling defense overwhelmed playing aggressive. We showed Lehman, as the Lady Lobos so much effort tonight." fell 7-0, ending Lehman's 2013 The most surprising aspect season and postseason rtm. of the night was Lehman's Cedar Park's dominanceinability to create offensive was felt early and often, as the chances on the counter- Lady Timberwolves were able attack - something that the Lobos had excelled in all sea- son long. "Our style is always tO concoct numerous often- sive chances in the Lehman zone. The Lady Lobos fought to get beyond the midfield, LADY LOBO SOCCER, pg. 2B + STAFF REPORT On March 28, the Hays Rebel softball team flashed prodigious offensive firepower, as the Rebels run-ruled Kerrville Tivy 12-2 in five innings. Early on, Tivy jumped out to a two-rim lead in the top of the first with three hits, including a double and a squeeze bunt. However, the Rebels answered right back in a big way, as Hannah Ramsey drove a two-rim home run in the inning, while Karina Rocha belted a two-run RBI double to give the Rebels a 4-2 lead, Hays' offense continued their torrid pace in the bottom of the second, as five more rims crossed the plate. Haleigh Madden contributed with a two-run RBI double, while Brayden Pinckard hit an RBI triple in the inning. The Rebels tacked on one more run in the third, then scored two more inni in the fifth, as Clarissa Gonzalez and Ramsey hit RBI doubles to complete the run rule. In the pitching circle, Gonzalez went the distance, keeping T'lvy scoreless in the final four innings of the contest. In her outing, she gave up only two runs on five hits, striking out three Tivy batters in the process. Gonzalez improves her record to 8-0. The most staggering aspect of the Rebels win were the statistics the team compiled. Madden went 2-for-2 at the plate with four RBIs, Pinckard was 2-for-3, Rocha finished 2-for-3 with two RBI's, Maddy Shannon was 2-for-4, while Ramsey hit her third home run of the year, driving in 3 RBIs in the contest and scoring two runs. With the win, Hays improves to 8-1 in district play, while Tivy falls to 1-8. The Rebels will next be in action on Thursday at Lockhart. team on BY ROBERT WHITMER sports@haysfreepress.com The Boeme-Champion Chargers defeated the Lehman Lobos 3-1 Thursday in a hotly contested game that featured argued calls, player collisions and even an ejection. Justin Penney started the game for the Lehman Lobos on a night that looked as ff rain would threaten the game. The clouds were dark and the attitudes were darker. The Lobos played good defense behind Penney but still surrendered one run in the top of the first by way of good situational hitting by the Charger team. The Lobos struck back in the bottom of the third and tied the score with an RBI double by Jacob Urea. This was set up by a Micah Tambur single followed by a sacrifice bunt by Josh Besa. The controversy started in the top of the fourth when the umpires allowed a steal by the Chargers after a controversial no-call on batter's interference on a throw down to second on the steal. The Boeme-Champion batter stepped in front of Lobo catcher Hunter Lehman which impaired his throw. Had the batter been called for interference, the batter would have been called out and the runner would had been sent back to first base with two outs. Instead, because of the no-call, it put a runner on second with one out and led to a two-run inning. See LOBO BASEBALL, pg. 2B