LAKE TRAVIS — Don’t think a 6-0 loss to Lake Travis Tuesday speaks volumes about the Marble Falls High School girls soccer team.
Rather, know this, Lady Mustangs head coach Paulette Moczygemba said: Her squad played extremely well and were rightfully tired as the players made their way into the weight room during the athletic period Wednesday.
“Things happened defensively to get the score to where it was,” she said. “They played well. We looked a lot better than we did Friday (against Leander Vandegrift).”
The Lady Mustangs’ (8-7-8, 6-4-3 in District 49-4A) approach was to use the contest to evaluate positions, depth and versatility, Moczygemba said.
“As the coach, I looked at it as getting us ready for the playoffs,” she said. “I took it as an opportunity to move some players around and try them in new positions.”
The coach liked what she saw, she said, and was pleased to see the Lady Mustangs attack offensively, noting they forced Lake Travis to play defense, something few opponents are able to do.
“We moved the ball well,” she said. “We played on their half of the field. In the first half, their goalkeeper was coming out of the 18-yard penalty box. We forced her back.”
Junior center midfielder Alexis Russell took a hard fall. As a precaution, Moczygemba said, the junior did not play much after that.
“She fell, and we were concerned,” the coach said.
So she moved freshman Christina Sanchez to the spot.
“It required a tremendous amount of running,” she said. “When she was in, she was fantastic. Christina did well. You need to know what you have in each scenario. You have to know who’s going to go in there.”
The coach said the Lady Mustangs have added depth, which is important as they prepare for their final regular season game against Lampasas 7:45 p.m. Friday at Mustang Stadium, 2101 Mustang Stadium.
“We have to be prepared for every situation,” Moczygemba said. “They all played their hardest.”