Kelly soccer only perfect mark at meet
Published 10:16 pm Saturday, January 13, 2007
NEDERLAND — Already battle-tested and two games into their district schedule, the Kelly Bulldogs adjourned from the fourth annual Southeast Texas Showcase with the only unbeaten ledger in the three-day tournament.
Coached by Joe Fontana, the Dawgs improved 3-1 in 2007 games and did not permit a goal by either District 20-4A in their two tournament games on Saturday.
Kelly received five goals in two games from Matt Kirby as it defeated Little Cypress-Mauriceville 7-0 in the morning and returned to defeat Nederland 3-0 in the evening’s tournament finale.
An all-tournament team was not selected in the nine-team round robin. Kelly and Montgomery were the lone entrants to escape without a tournament loss. The Bears from Montgomery (2-0-1) emerged with a 1-0 victory over Vidor and returned to tie Port Neches-Groves 1-1.
Coach Don Smith’s West Brook team (3-1) entered Saturday with a perfect mark but sustained its first loss. Lumberton (2-1) scored twice in the game’s first 10 minutes and held on to claim a 2-1 win over the Bruins. Jeremy Garza and Brent Waldrep each had a goal for the Raiders while Dustin Montalbano scored WB’s lone goal.
Both Mid-County schools ended the tournament without any Saturday victories. The PN-G squad of first-year coach Don Sandell tied Montgomery 1-1 before Nederland (0-4) sustained a 3-0 loss with Kelly.
Bulldogs coach Rob Bledsoe noticed favorable progress, though, from his team’s performance on Friday.
“Chemistry-wise, I thought we took a real leap forward on Saturday,” Bledsoe said. “Kelly was a very impressive team and obviously Matt Kirby was very good.”
Kirby also had scored twice on Friday when Kelly secured a 5-1 district win at Houston St. Pius.
PN-G girls split pair
BRENHAM — Port Neches-Groves completed two tough and tight girls games this weekend at the Brenham showcase tournament.
PN-G (1-1) of coach Aimee Bates managed two second-half goals from senior midfielder Michelle Morgan and rolled to a 2-1 season-opening win over Cypress Springs.
The Lady Indians suffered a 1-0 Saturday setback to Pflugerville Connally in a performance that encouraged their coach. Connally’s lone goal occurred after senior PN-G goalkeeper Brittney Fruge slipped down in the mud, permitting the winners to attack an empty goal.
Bates also was encouraged by the Lady Indians’ efforts in Friday’s three mini-games (which do not count on a high school team’s record). The Lady Indians tied Langham Creek 1-1, Austin Lake Travis 1-1 and outscored Dickinson 2-0 in their mini-games.
“I thought that was our best showing at Brenham since I’ve been here,” the sixth-year head coach said. “People are stepping up and all the changes (to a 4-5-1 alignment) have made us click.”
Rain cancels Lady Dogs
MARBLE FALLS — Tournament officials halted Saturday’s proceedings at the Marble Falls tournament due to rain and 38-degree temperatures..
Nederland departed the 16-team girls tournament with a 1-1 record and did not have the opportunity to compete on Saturday. The Lady Bulldogs are scheduled to compete next Friday and Saturday at the Port Neches-Groves tournament.
4TH ANNUAL SE TEXAS SHOWCASE
9 a.m.: Beaumont Kelly 7, LC-M 0
11 a.m.: Montgomery 1, Vidor 0
2 p.m.: Lumberton 2, Bmt West Brook 1
4 p.m.: PN-G 1, Montgomery 1, tie
6 p.m.: Beaumont Kelly 3, Nederland 0
Beaumont Kelly 2-0
Bmt West Brook 3-1