Robert E. Leeâ€™s district season has traditionally been a formality with the Lady Raiders reaching the playoffs in all 17 years of the programâ€™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, Longviewâ€™s Jennifer Boudreau broke open a scoreless tie in the second half. The Lady Raiders pushed forward in the final minutes, but couldnâ€™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.
â€śOur impact players arenâ€™t doing enough on the field, and thatâ€™s a problem,â€ť Lee coach Chris Woodard said. â€śAnd weâ€™ve got six or seven young ones out there who are doing the best they can. Weâ€™ve got two starters out; but in my opinion our impact players need to show up and do better.â€ť
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 couldnâ€™t take advantage.
Longview then got the goal it needed early in the second half from Boudreau and controlled the second half after that.
â€śAfter halftime we talked about getting our shots on target,â€ť Longview coach Ron Bellamy said. â€śI 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.â€ť
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.
â€śWeâ€™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,â€ť Woodard said. â€śOur seniors need to start stepping up and carrying the game more.â€ť