Wharton Lady Tigers coach Donald Lindsey has his players knowing how to win, something that people who follow them are reminded didn’t happen once last year.
It appears that for every loss, WHS turns its fortunes around and wins and/or ties an opponent.
Friday, Jan. 17
In the first of two games, the Lady Tigers played the host school Rice Consolidated and battled them to a 0-0 tie on the strength of a strong defensive performance, Lindsey said.
“A big shout goes out to the defensive line of Eryn Mendez, Aaliyah Rodriguez, Halie Perez (twin), Angelie Rauda, Mia Hamlin, and goalkeeper Briana Mireles,” Lindsey said.
The Lady Tigers got off eight shots but were unable to convert, but still a great performance overall.
In game two against rival El Campo, the Lady Tigers jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals from Priscilla Munoz, assisted by Jaqueline Barcenas. The second goal was scored by Barcenas and assisted by Arianna Rauda. The Lady Ricebirds scored a goal five seconds before halftime but WHS persevered and held ECHS off for the 2-1 victory.
Saturday, Jan; 18
Day two of the Rice Tournament saw the Lady Tigers begin in third place and played the first place team, Hempstead, in the first game.
On the strength of goals by Amarie Rauda, Priscilla Munoz, and two goals by newcomer Madison Hernandez the Lady Tigers won 4-1 and moved into second place.
In the second game, WHS drew Hempstead once again due to how the brackets fell and after two goals by Angelina Martinez and one goal by Barcentas, the Lady Tigers won 3-1.
“This placed the team in the championship game on January 18,” Lindsey said. “The Lady Tigers have already assured themselves of finishing in second place win or lose which will represent the best finish in Lady soccer school history. The ladies were excited about the opportunity to play for first place and bring home their second trophy in two weeks.”
The Lady Tigers faced off against Columbus for the championship of the Lady Raiders Classic. WHS jumped out to an early 1-0 lead and held that lead at halftime and much of the second half. Unfortunately, Columbus scored on a goal that took a crazy bounce to tie the game and from there CHS seized the momentum over the last few minutes of the game and pulled away for the 3-1 victory.
The Lady Tiger players expected to win the game and were distraught over the loss feeling like they were the better team.
“Once they took a step back and processed the game they remembered that this is the best finish in Lady Tigers soccer history and were excited to begin district play January 27 against Bay City.”