Support Community Press

You can show your support of a vibrant and healthy free press by becoming a voluntary subscriber.

Subscribe Now

Lady Mustangs net third place at Winter Classic soccer tourney

Marble Falls High School junior defender Shelbi Wyatt (right) races to the ball. Wyatt was voted the defensive player of the Winter Classic tournament. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls High School girls soccer team placed third in its own Winter Classic tournament Jan. 10-11.

The Lady Mustangs (2-0-2) played both Leander and Port Neches-Groves to 0-0 ties. Marble Falls beat Leander in a shootout for third place with a game-winning penalty kick by Siobhan Patterson.

But Marble Falls but had to go to a second shootout against Port Neches-Groves, which won 5-4.

“Technically, we’re supposed to flip a coin,” Marble Falls head coach Trey Young said. “Their coach came to me and said, ‘We’d really like to settle this on the field.’ Their district goes to penalty kicks a lot. So he had a list of 10 players ready.”

Marble Falls sophomore Maci Hoover scored her team’s only goal against Salado for a 1-0 win. It happened in the first half when she fooled the goalie and softly kicked the ball into the back of the net with 11 minutes 50 seconds left in the first half.

Marble Falls High School junior defender Shelbi Wyatt (right) races to the ball. Wyatt was voted the defensive player of the Winter Classic tournament. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro
Marble Falls High School junior defender Shelbi Wyatt (right) races to the ball. Wyatt was voted the defensive player of the Winter Classic tournament. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Marble Falls began the tournament with a 4-0 win against Fredericksburg. Hoover scored two goals, while Karina Palacio and Skyler Noack each added a goal.

One thing from the tournament Young enjoyed the most was that his players didn’t allow a goal in four games.

“We’re very balanced in the center,” he said. “Shelbi Wyatt, Megan Morgan, Karina Palacio and the defensive middle really protected the middle.”

He credited first-year goalie Kelly Copeland and freshmen Marley Colbert, Sessily Northam and Marilyn Martinez for their attention on the defensive side.

“I thought our defensive kids did well,” he said.

Young acknowledged the contest against Port Neches-Groves was hard fought, and the Lady Mustangs’ loss was difficult for his players. So he huddled with them after the second shootout and reminded them they still had an opportunity to earn a trophy.

“We kept meeting every challenge,” he said. “I was really afraid we’d be down. We were so mentally tough. There was such potential for growth. I felt like we were growing up. I’m really proud of them.”

jfierro@thepicayune.com

ALL-TOURNAMENT PLAYERS: Maci Hoover was the offensive player of the tournament; Shelbi Wyatt was the defensive player of the tournament.

RECORDS: Marble Falls is 2-0-2 overall.

UP NEXT: 7 p.m. Jan. 14, Marble Falls vs. Austin McCallum at Mustang Stadium, 2101 Mustang Drive in Marble Falls