From Staff Reports
The Athens Review
The Mabank Lady Panthers finished second in the Big Red Soccer Classic this past weekend.
Mabank lost to the host team Gainsville, 3-1, as Savannah Henderson scored her 10th goal of the tournament.
“The girls played a tough team in Gainesville,” Mabank coach Jeffery Downs said. “They are a disciplined, well coached team. We played great for 79 mins and allowed a last second goal to go into overtime. Gainesville gained momentum and never let it go.”
In the opening round of the tournament, the Lady Panthers beat Sherman 4-0 as Henderson scored all of the goals in that game.
In Game 2, the Lady Panthers shut out Paris 6-0. Henderson had four goals in the game, while Sammie Saucedo had the other two goals.
MHS had their third shutout of the tournament as they beat Mabank 2-0 to West Mesquite.
“The girls dominated their three pool play games against Sherman, Paris and West Mesquite,” Downs said. “We played great defense by not allowing any goals during pool play. The connection between the defense, midfield and forwards is really starting to solidfy.”
Henderson scored her ninth goal of the tournament, while Lauren Flowers scored the other goal.
“Overall, a great job from our Lady Panthers,” Downs said. “We have taken 1st in tth Lady Hornet Cup and 2nd in the Big Red Soccer Classic. We look to continue our winning ways as Terrell comes to Mabank on Tuesday.”
Hornets finish 1-2-1 in Marshall tourney
MARSHALL — The Athens Hornets wrapped up their second tournament of the year 1-2-1 overall over the weekend.
Athens (3-4-5) lost their opening game of the tournament 4-0 to District 31-4A rival Chapel Hill.
They came back in Game 2 with a 7-0 win over Carthage.
Alfredo Vasquez recorded a hat trick while Enrique Rodriguez netted two goals. Alexis Beltran and Jeff Ruffridge had the other goals.
Cesar Ortega had two assists while Juan Mota, Kody Ingham, Raul de la Fuente and Daniel Salazar had the assists.
In Game 3, Athens tied Marshall 3-3 but lost in a shootout 5-3.
The regulation goals were scored by Beltran, Vasquez and Rodriguez, with assists from Vasquez and Pedro Galvan.
In the shootout, Rodriguez, Ingham and de la Fuente scored the goals.
In their final game of the tournament, the Hornets lost to Center 1-0.
Coach Jonathan Ryal said injuries played a major role in the outcome of the tournament.
“We have seven starters out against Center,” Ryal said. “We are just hoping that we can get healthy for district play.”
Ryal said he found out two of his starters may be out of the lineup for the rest of the year prior to the Marshall game on Saturday.
The Hornets return to the Bruce Field pitch Friday night with a double-header against Crandall.
The junior varsity team is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m., with the varsity set to begin at 7 p.m.