Red Raiders bounce back


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Lee's Uriel Chavez (22) battles for the ball with Pine Tree's Chris Gill. Photo by Jake A. Waddingham

Robert E. Lee got back to its winning ways.

Lee returned to its goal-scoring ways too, defeating Pine Tree 4-0 Monday at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.

Senior Lumi Kaba scored twice and added an assist with goals also from Javier Ruiz and Sergio Molina.

The Red Raiders (5-3-1) pummeled opponents for 22 goals in their first six games before being held in check in a 3-1 loss to JT and scoreless draw with Whitehouse.

Lee led 2-0 at halftime and scored a goal in the opening minute of the second half.

“We felt like it was a lot like the Whitehouse game where it was just 100 miles per hour, everything was coming at you, the tackles were hard and they weren’t giving us a lot of space,” said Lee coach Marty Germany. “We did a better job in the second half with our passing game. We created some space and played balls into it and got shots off.”

Lee was held in check by Pine Tree (6-5-2) for 25 minutes with both teams coming close. Kaba got behind the defense, but his shot was saved. A minute later, Pine Tree’s Christian Jordan had a similar breakaway, but shot over the crossbar.

With 15 minutes left in the half, Kaba again got behind the defense and again his shot was saved by Pine Tree’s keeper, but this time the rebound went straight to Ruiz, who was following up and slotted it into the back of the net.

“I hadn’t been scoring, so it was good; I got an assist too,” said Ruiz, a senior who now has two goals and two assists.

Kaba made it 2-0 with a minute and a half remaining when he was played through Pine Tree’s back line by a perfect pass from junior Case Carnes. Kaba still had work to do, cutting back against a defender before side-footing his shot in.

The Red Raiders made it 3-0 just after halftime when Kaba squared a ball back to Molina, who one-timed his shot into the left bottom corner of the net.

Kaba’s got his brace with 30 minutes on the clock with Ruiz providing a perfect pass into the senior, who settled and calmly fired it into the top right corner.

The remainder of the match was Lee controlling play and firing shots at Pine Tree’s keeper, who made several saves down the stretch to keep the 4-0 final.

Lee opens up District 12-5A play on Friday at 7 p.m. at Rockwall-Heath.