The Port Arthur News
It’s fair to call this 2014 team the winningest Port Neches-Groves girls soccer team ever.
The Lady Indians secured that place in their current history Thursday night by advancing to the 4A regional quarterfinals next week with a 1-0 victory over Magnolia.
The win over last year’s 4A state semifinalist came in the 4A sectional round at windy Stallworth Stadium.
Magnolia (14-3-2) had eliminated PN-G 1-0 a year ago in the very same 4A sectional round before reaching the state soccer semifinals and losing to eventual state champion Denton Guyer.
The game’s only was a rainbow from freshman Hailey Loupe who looped about a 30-yard high-arching shot which landed just beyond the outstretched fingertips of Magnolia sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Hubble with just less than 15 minutes to play in regulation.
“We couldn’t celebrate this one enough, especially when the game ended,” 13th-year head coach Aimee Bates said. “It’s a really feeling and I believe this team can go on and still accomplish greater things.
“Magnolia was a very formidable opponent, very organized... one of the best teams we’ve played, probably in the top five.”
The veteran Lady Indians coach will plan on being in Waco tonight at 6 p.m. That’s because PN-G’s regional quarterfinal opponent will be the winner of tonight’s sectional between College Station and Lampasas in Waco.
The revenge factor for PN-G was mentioned by a couple of Aimee’s more seasoned players, but Bates has a younger team and many of them did not make a major issue of wanting to avenge last year’s playoff loss to Magnolia.
“I don’t think it played a whole lot into our thinking coming into the game,” the PN-G coach said. “What makes this team so special is that it has such good team chemistry and especially when they get in tough matches, they’re fighting for each other.”
PN-G was venturing into the 15-20 mph south wind in the second half. Bates believed her team controlled the pace of the opening half with the wind at its back.
The Lady Indians led in shots on goal, 13-12.
5A: Brazoswood girls 1, Beaumont West Brook 0
Brazoswood’s Lady Bucs scored in the 87th minute to eliminate Beaumont West Brook 1-0 in their 5A area soccer playoff round on Thursday night at Channelview’s Falcon Stadium.