Monday, January 14, 2008

ATH: Weekend Tivy Soccer

After a stumble, things go right for Antlers
From staff reports, The Daily Times, Published January 14, 2008

BRENHAM — For all the things that went right, it was the way her team reacted to the one thing that went wrong that had Shannon Sletten encouraged.

“The first match was very disappointing,” the Tivy girls soccer coach said of the Antlers’ 6-0 loss to Denton Guyer in the first match of the Brenham tournament on Friday. “We were still trying to put things together and it was our first real game.

“After that first game, the feeling was sort of, ‘Where do we go from here?’ Well, the answer was we pick ourselves up and go on to the next game.”

And following the lead of senior Amanda Brock, on to three straight wins.

With Brock scoring 10 goals over the next three matches, the Antlers rebounded to win the consolation bracket at the season-opening weekend tournament.

Brock scored four goals as Tivy bounced back to blank B.F. Terry 6-0, repeated the feat as the Antlers slammed Hunstville 7-0 and added two more goals in a 4-1 win over St. Michael’s in the consolation final.

“We knew that first match was going to be a battle,” Sletten said of Guyer, which went on to play in the championship match. “I think what it showed is that you have to give a lot of credit to that Denton team. As the tournament went on, it was obvious that it was a truly quality side.”

The same could be said for Sletten’s side. The lone goal Tivy allowed came on a penalty kick in the closing minutes of the consolation final.

“The nice thing is, in our next three games, we did not give up a true goal, only the one ‘PK’ score,” Sletten said. “In the first game, (senior goalkeeper Jannel Gonzalez) struggled a little, but she came right back and played well in the next three matches.”

Very well, in fact. While Brock scored at will, the Tivy defense choked off the opposition the final three matches. Gonzalez had four saves and Kayla Blair three in the win over B.F. Terry, and Gonzalez needed to make only two saves before turning things over late in the second half to Blair in the win over Huntsville.

“The first win was proof that we are a quality team, too, but we’re just going to have to work hard to win games,” Sletten said. “It’s not just going to happen, it’s going to take effort on our part.”

Hailey Olden had a goal in two matches, as did Katlyn Powell. Rebekah Collins and Tatum Thompson also had goals in the win over Huntsville.

“It was great for our confidence for all the young players we have,” Sletten said of her team’s comeback. “They were able to get out and get over the jitters, the missed traps and misplays from the first match, and settle down. Of course, scoring goals definitely helps boost your confidence.”

Tivy opens District 27-4A play Tuesday, when it hosts Fredericksburg at Antler Stadium.

Tough lessons for Antlers
From staff reports, The Daily Times, Published January 14, 2008

BUDA — The season got off to a rocky start for the Tivy boys soccer team, with the Antlers dropping three matches at the Rebel Cup tournament at Buda Hays.

Tivy dropped its opening match with Anderson 3-0 — despite holding its opponent to just four shots — then fell to host Hays 2-0 and 2-1 to Lake Travis.

“The goal total was not good,” Antlers coach David Swonke said. “It was not a bad effort, but there are things we need to improve on. It was a learning experience.”

David Long scored the lone goal of the weekend for the Antlers.

We were in it for a while there in the third match, but we just ran out of gas,” Swonke said. “Playing three (matches) over three days can be tough.

“We still have things we have to put together. We’ve got to eliminate mistakes. Experience is very critical with a young team, especially in game situations. We’ll learn from this and come back ready this week.”

Tivy opens District 27-4A play Tuesday at Fredericksburg.

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