Lovejoy Girls JV and Varsity Soccer Teams Compete In Tournament
Both varsity and JV girls teams opened their 2018 season by competing in tournaments that included much larger schools from 6A districts. The tournaments provide the school and athletes exposure and experience that is valuable later in the season.
The JV team competed against Richardson HS on Jan 6th at Hebron High School and came up short 0-1 in the game. The Lady Leopards kept the game competitive with strong defense and good goalie play from Hannah Cole. The teams played to a tie in the first half with each having a few strong scoring opportunities. The second half saw Richardson use the wind to keep possession in the offensive half of the field for the majority of the time and finally net the game winner on a long run with five minutes remaining in the game. Coach Courtney Todd said the main thing she wants to see improved is passing and noted that she she is "excited about seeing all the things that we have worked on in preseason come into action" as the season progresses.
The Varsity girls took on 6A powerhouse Hebron in their match at Frisco Centennial HS and were unable to find the net in a 0-4 loss. Hebron had the sun and the wind at their back in the first half and used that advantage to score three goals and put the game out of reach. The Lady Leopards did not show any sign of quitting as they battled and fought the entire second only giving up a goal in the final minutes of the half. Coach John Baker noted that they "are a young team with nine freshmen and six sophomores:" and despite playing a team from such a large school he was happy with being able to keep the game relatively under control.
You can see the JV and Varsity girls teams in action at their next home game on February 2nd vs West Mesquite (5:30/7:15p)