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+ + Page 2B Sports Hays Free Press December 14, 2016 PHOTOS BY RAFAEL MARQUEZ A Central Texas Lobo player takes to the air to head the ball forward during the team's match Saturday at Gregg-Clarke Park in Kyle. Lobo defender Conteh Muctarr (right) speeds down field as a Houston Hurricane defender gives chase. The Central Texas Lobes completed their 2016 schedule Saturday as they took on the Houston Hurricanes. But a lone Houston goal was the difference as the Hurricanes escaped with a 1-0 win. The Lobos, which are playing its inaugural season, are currently 1-2-3. The County Line Polo Club hosted its 3rd Annual Winter Polo Classic Saturday. Polo Clubs from Texas Military, San Antonio and Texas State, as well as riders from County Line, came to compete and promote the sport of polo. Above are two Texas State riders prepping one of the horses before a match. Lady Lobo Soccer Continued from pg. 1 B year's squad and that is helping those (younger) players blossom," Garcia said. With a new team, however, comes some change. Garcia said the 2017 Lobos are a smaller group from last year, and must also fill the voids left by the previous senior class. Garcia said the team is working on synchroniz- ing with each other and aiming to find out "what works and what doesn't." What they may lack in stature, they make up with their agility, Garcia said. He said the Lady Lobos are versatile and are "small and quick." Garcia said the Lobos could use agility to their advantage, but that the team continues to center on being a "counter-attack team." Lehman will take the "defense first" mentality into a tough district 25-6A gauntlet that includes Hays, Lake Travis and Westlake. Joining the fray is Vandegrift, which finished last season as regional finalists in 5A, and Vista Ridge, which reached the 5A state semifinal. But Garcia said he and the team are up to the task of taking on top tier competition during the district race. "In order to be the best, you have to beat the best," Garcia said. "If you're throwing the best at us first, that's the challenge we face." Lady Rebel Hoops Continued from pg. 1B to keep engaged and not give up," Bosquez said. The blistering pace continued into the third frame as both teams went punch-for-punch. A three-pointer by Bosquez in the latter seconds gave Hays a 36- 33 lead heading into the fourth quarter. But Pflugerville, led by Britney Onyeje and London Clarkson, ral- lied right back in the final quarter. After Hays took a 43-41 lead, Pflugerville powered ahead for a critical 7-0 run capped off by a Onyeje bucket in transition off a Rebel turnover. Pflugerville had a 48- Lehman High's player during a HAYS FREE PRESS FILE PHOTO Kyla Johnson fends off an Austin Maroon district match played at Lobo Field in 2016. For Garcia, implementing what they're trying to run on the field and finding cohesion are some short-term goals for the team. While soccer is a player's sport, Garcia said teaching players situational awareness in order to foster success is key. "You want them to know what their options are when they're placed in these situations," Garcia said. "You can't cover them all, but things happen in patterns. When things do happen, we'll make sure the gifts know what to do." 43 lead and the momen- tum. But Preuss said willpower helped Hays in the end. The Rebels clawed their way back with a 7-0 run highlighted by a three-pointer from guard Choon Hee Chae that tied the score at 50-50. Preuss said the Rebels were helped by play from Bosquez, Chae, Meagan Andrews and Jada Finister. Luck then shined the Rebels' way with 12 seconds left. Pflugerville, which was over the limit on fouls, suffered a miscue as a player fouled Chae in the backcourt with the game tied. Chae sunk both free throws to give Hays a two-point lead. Hays' defense clamped down to close the game. Prenss said the game was reminiscent of last year's playoff game against Pflugerville, which the Rebels lost down the stretch. He said pulling out the game in the end could provide a boost as district continues Friday on the road at Lake Travis. "We've got to get readY for these. There is no one in this district we can take lightly," Preuss said. "You have to show up night in, night out." + [I il I /i I1! I