That’s what happened to the Marble Falls High School girls soccer team in its 6-0 loss to Cedar Park Vista Ridge March 5.
PHOTO 1: Marble Falls High School senior Jordy Naito (left) fights for the ball during the first half against Cedar Park Vista Ridge March 5. Staff photos by Jennifer Fierro
PHOTO 2: Marble Falls High School junior Katelyn Corley battles for the ball near the sideline in the loss to Cedar Park Vista Ridge.
In their 3-0 loss to Cedar Park High March 2, the Lady Mustangs (0-7) communicated, moved to the ball and made it difficult for the Lady Timberwolves to score.
Against the Lady Rangers, Marble Falls stood, while Vista Ridge moved to the ball. Passes weren’t crisp and two goals were scored from 20 yards or farther.
“(We) didn’t warm up well,” head coach Paulette Moczygemba said. “(Against Cedar Park) we were communicating well and were aggressive.”
Communication allows the defense to apply pressure to the other team, she said. Without pressure, opponents have clear passing lanes and even better looks at the goal. And that’s how the Lady Rangers, who scored their first goal four minutes into the game, earned the victory, Moczygemba said.
One bright spot was junior Selena Roman, who entered the game as a reserve defensive center midfielder. She had never played the position before.
But she went to the ball and made passes to the outside, allowing teammates to run to the ball and get it to the opposite side of the field. Immediately, the Lady Mustangs were on the offensive.
“Selena is a very good communicator,” the coach said. “As a goalkeeper she sees everything that’s going on. She’s very good about vocalizing that.”
Once Marble Falls got to the opposite side of the field, they were able to get some crossing passes to the middle and even took some shots on goal.
“I saw lots of good ideas when we were generating an offense,” Moczygemba said. “I could see what they were trying to do. Their thought process is correct.”
Marble Falls will again face the Lady Rangers 7:30 p.m. March 8 at Cedar Park Vista Ridge, 200 S. Vista Ridge Blvd. in Cedar Park before enjoying Spring Break.