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February 26, 2013

Richard, Smith help Dogs

HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER


The Port Arthur News

VIDOR — VIDOR — New boys 38-4A district leader Nederland actually padded its league lead Tuesday night but the Bulldogs just barely did so.

Nederland scored twice in the first half and withstood Vidor’s second half rally to edge the Pirates 2-1 at Vidor intermediate school’s field.

The Dogs of coach Torrey Gomez relied on goals by Trey Richard and Layne Smith to improve their league mark to 7-1 and move above the .500 overall mark for the first time all season.

Richard took an assist from Tanner Noel and made the night’s first goal with 8:20 left in the opening half. Smith followed with an unassisted goal with 1:43 left in the half.

Vidor answered with its lone goal 14 minutes into the second half.

“We played well and Vidor is a tough place to play,” Gomez said. “The guys were all business and stayed focused well.”

Vidor led in shots on goal, 8-7 and NHS junior keeper Brenden Babino delivered four outstanding saves to turn away Pirates rallies.

LITTLE CYPRESS — Port Neches-Groves traveled to the Bears Den and suffered its second straight 38-4A setback, falling 2-1 to Little Cypress-Mauriceville.

Senior Isaac Addison scored with about 12 minutes to play for the Indians’ lone goal after LC-M had jumped to a 2-0 halftime advantage.

The teams battled on even terms in shots on goal, 8-8.

PN-G hosts Vidor on The Reservation this Friday night at 7 p.m.

Port Arthur jabbed away but could not convert second-half scoring opportunities on its own Memorial Stadium turf Tuesday night, sustaining a tough 21-5A league loss to La Porte.

Memorial (9-5-2 and 3-3) finished the first half of district play in a good spot to make the playoffs but the Titans would have ended the half in third place by winning this game.

La Porte led in shots on goal, 9-8, scoring with 27 minutes left in each half and 10 minutes left in the opening half. The Dogs owned a 2-1 halftime advantage.

Memorial answered with 21 minutes left in the opening half on a successful penalty kick by Ricardo Estupinan. Ruben Galvan scored the Titans’ second-half goal.

Senior keeper Antonio Briones collected seven saves for Memorial.

“They (La Porte) had an outstanding offensive player and we had to make some adjustments with him after halftime,” Titans coach Clint Hoverson said.

PORT NECHES — Defending  38-4A district champion Port Neches-Groves put a disappointing loss at Nederland behind them and got the league lead back on Tuesday night, blanking Little Cypress-Mauriceville at The Reservation.

PN-G, 12-5-3 and 7-1, took orders from coach Aimee Bates to stay patient at halftime of a scoreless, frustrating game for the Lady Indians.

The PN-G girls dominated shots on goal, 30-3, but did not land any first-half shots into the net.

They cashed in after halftime with goals from Makayla Johnson, Jenna Morgan and Courtney Broussard — all coming in the final 20 minutes.

“I just told them not to get frustrated,” Bates said. “Just relax and have fun. We really had taken a lot of low-percentage shots.”

The unassisted goal by freshman Johnson broke the 0-0 deadlock with about 20 minutes left to play.

Morgan made it 2-0 about five minutes later. Broussard added the last goal in the final minute after a corner kick by Johnson.

PN-G goes to Vidor on Friday night.

NEDERLAND — It will be imperative for coach Keith Barrow’s Lady Bulldogs to shake off this game after a big win on Friday over PN-G.

The Nederlanders permitted Vidor to score two first-half goals at Prather Field and Barrow lamented the fact that his team dominated shots on goal, 17-6.

“It was just one of those nights,” Barrow said. “We just have to bounce back.”

That opportunity will come for Keith’s experienced squad on Friday when the Lady Bulldogs will visit Beaumont Central.

LA PORTE — Port Arthur trailed on the road only 1-0 at halftime in this 21-5A game but the Lady Titans defense broke down, allowing four goals in a 10-minute second-half stretch.

Memorial (2-10-2 and 0-5-1) will begin the second half on Friday when it will journey to Deer Park.