Thursday, 31 January 2013 by Keith Bahlmann
The Lady Tigers destroyed two 5A playoff teams and defeated No. 5-ranked Shreveport. Belton played in the Arlington tournament to get a look at teams they might face in Bi-district. Belton with it's new alignment designed to destroyed teams wasted no time in crushing a solid Mansfield Timberview team 5-0. Mansfield defeated Midland Lee 2-1 before playing the Lady Tigers.
Ashley Winkler pulled off the hat trick with three goals. Aubrey Martinez and Jamie Boone both scored goals. Belton also set up four corner kicks. Getting assists were Madi Goldston, Kat Parker, Jacey Love and Jamie Brown. Winkler scored the game winner12 minutes into the game.
Belton was up 3-0 at half before substituting heavily in the second half.
Next up for the Lady Tigers was South Grand Prairie who they defeated 4-0. Boone dominated with two goals scored. Parker had the game winning goal early and an assist. Bailee Boren scored a goal and had the assist on Parker's goal. The Lady Tigers set up four corner kicks to none for Prairie.
State ranked Shreveport fell to the Lady Tigers 2-0 with Belton dominating shots on goal. Goldston and Martinez scored goals with Parker getting an assist. It was tied at half 0-0. Belton's goalies Courtney Dippel and Madison Kalista both play and they recorded three shutouts in the tournament.
"I was pleased that we didn't' allow many shots on goal in the tournament. Mansfield is a very good team and they should make the playoffs. I was pleased that we kept our intensity from game one to game two. South Grand Prairie was aggressive and they challenged us. Shreveport is heading into the playoffs and wanted to play some games before they start. They were good. On defense Maggie Villamaria and Love dominated in the tournament. Winkler getting a hat trip early was a big deal. That was her first game up front. Boone and Goldston carried us at times. Those three forwards up front gave some good coaches some problems. Our defense stepped up and gave up only 10 clean shots on goal. Kat Parker was feeding those balls up front just perfectly. When you have to mark four forwards up front it is very tough to defend," said Lady Tigers head coach Wendy Knight.
One key matchup this weekend at the Round Rock Tournament is the Belton-Highland Park game. At the Governor's Cup tournament in Georgetown the Lady Tigers face Lake Travis, Westlake and No. 1 state-ranked Plano West. It is a mega bracket for any tournament.
Tigers go 2-1 at tournament
The Tigers soccer team had a good showing at the Dallas Jesuit tournament in Dallas. They defeated Fort Worth Nolan 2-1. The Tigers fell behind 1-0 at half. Just five minutes into the second half Cory Entrop headed the ball in to tie the game. Cody Bartek off a throw-in found Erik Rodriquez who got the assist to Entrop.
Entrop took a penalty shot to win the game.
The Tiger tied Dallas Skyline 2-2 with the Tigers falling behind 2-0 at half. Cody Bartek scored off an assist by Cesar Cruz. Timothy Williams tied the game with Bartek getting the assist.
The Tigers jumped out to a 1-0 lead over North Mesquite only to have Mesquite tie the game 1-1. Belton again jumped out to a 2-1 lead with the game ended up tied. Williams scored off a header and Keegam Valentine also scored.
It was an up and down tournament for the Tigers who played Thursday at 6 p.m. and not again until 8 p.m. on Friday in one of the longest waits between games in program history.
The Tigers were missing one key player in the midfield who will be back later in the year and Ryan Parker missed game two and three. "It might have been better if we just went home after that first game and came back the next day. I was pleased overall. We had some bright moments but we also got to see some of your inexperience in dealing with the flow of the game. It is just a matter of time. We have a lot of new faces. They are all pretty much even talent wise and it takes time to find out how they react in a game," said Ciso Mosnia.
The Tigers play in the Georgetown tournament and face off against a powerfull Kingwood Thursday.