Lady Raiders fall to Longview in district soccer

Published on Wednesday, 6 February 2013 00:45 - Written by Chris Parry

Robert E. Lee’s district season has traditionally been a formality with the Lady Raiders reaching the playoffs in all 17 years of the program’s existence to go along with 15 district championships.

But the Lady Raiders (7-6) now face an uphill climb after dropping their second district game by a 1-0 scoreline.

Lee gave up an overtime goal in a 1-0 loss Friday to Rockwall-Heath at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.

On Tuesday, Longview’s Jennifer Boudreau broke open a scoreless tie in the second half. The Lady Raiders pushed forward in the final minutes, but couldn’t break through.

The two losses leave REL (0-2, 0 pts) without a point and in the unfamiliar spot of propping up the District 12-5A standings. Longview (1-1, 3 pts) earned its first league victory after also losing its district opener, 1-0.

“Our impact players aren’t doing enough on the field, and that’s a problem,” Lee coach Chris Woodard said. “And we’ve got six or seven young ones out there who are doing the best they can. We’ve got two starters out; but in my opinion our impact players need to show up and do better.”

Lee did not register a shot on goal in the second half after pushing forward for several attempts off corner kicks in the opening 40 minutes.

The Lady Raiders nearly grabbed the lead three minutes into the match when Adai Urieta whipped in a corner kick that was met by senior Julia Harrison, but her header went over the bar. Harrison threatened again moments later when she outmuscled a Longview defender for the ball, created some space and let loose a shot that drifted just wide of the post.

Lee threatened again with more corner-kick chances, but couldn’t take advantage.

Longview then got the goal it needed early in the second half from Boudreau and controlled the second half after that.

“After halftime we talked about getting our shots on target,” Longview coach Ron Bellamy said. “I think in the first half we had one shot on target and in the second we had six or seven on goals and one of them (went in). That was the difference.”

After two unsuccessful home outings, Lee will try to snap its losing streak on the road Friday against Mesquite Horn. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. at E.H. Hanby Stadium in Mesquite.

“We’ve got six or seven sophomores who are starting right now because of injuries and they are just going to have to keep working, trying to create things and make things happen,” Woodard said. “Our seniors need to start stepping up and carrying the game more.”