Monday, March 25, 2019
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20160202 Soccer Girls VMHS vs SHS LGIn the 1993 comedy film, ‘Groundhog Day’, Bill Murray’s character keeps having to relive February 2 until he finally gets his priorities straight and wins over the girl of his dreams. This past Tuesday was Groundhog Day and had it followed the plot of the movie, members of the Veterans Memorial Patriots boys and girls soccer teams would’ve had to relive the day over and over again until they defeated the Sharyland Rattlers and Lady Rattlers.

In Tuesday night’s District 31-5A doubleheader, the Lady Patriots fell to the Lady Rattlers by a score of 5-0 and the Patriots boys fell to the Rattlers 5-2.

While the Patriots will have a chance to even up the score against the Rattlers, that will not be until later this month when they play their second round rematch. In the meantime the Patriots’ boys and girls will have to accept the fact that they are 0-1 in district play while the two Sharyland teams improved to 2-0.

In the early game the Lady Rattlers jumped out to a 1-0 lead when junior forward Marifer Farias scored the only goal of the first half at the 8:01 mark. It was not until the 30:09 mark of the second half when Sharyland junior midfielder Isabella Marinaro scored her first of two goals on the night to make the score 2-0 and give the Lady Rattlers a little bit of breathing room.

“On my first score I saw that the goal was open and I didn’t see anybody open that I could pass it to so I took the shot,” Marinaro said. “I felt confident that I would make the goal and I did. On my second goal I think it was mostly luck because I wasn’t planning on taking a shot but I did. The goalie actually touched the ball so I thought it was going to go wide but it went in.”

The Lady Rattlers’ other two goals came off the foot of sophomore forward Kaitie Watson; the first at the 15:21 mark of the second half and the other at the 4:53 mark.

“I haven’t really been scoring much this year,” shared Watson. “I’ve mostly been passing and getting assists but my coach has been telling me to have confidence in myself and take more shots. So I figured that I might as well try it.”

“On my first goal I hit it pretty hard and it went right past the goalie and in,” added Watson who in her freshman year scored 48 goals. “Making that shot built up my confidence so I took another shot later and it went it too.”

In the second game the Rattlers boys opened up the scoring just 54 seconds into the game when senior forward Paul Castaneda got one past the Veterans Memorial goalie at the 39:06 mark of the first half. Then with only 2:32 remaining in the game, Castaneda scored again when he took a pass and hit the ball into an open net.

“Before the game started, the coach said to go in with everything as soon as the whistle blew so that’s what we did,” Castaneda said. “We touched the ball and it came to me so I hit it. The goalie stopped it but I kept fighting for it and it went into the goal.”

“On my second goal, we were touching the ball a lot and I saw it opening up to the other forward but he was by himself,” added Castaneda.” It was my job to make the run inside so I took a simple pass to me and made a simple goal as the finish.”

The Rattlers other three goals of the game were scored by Martin Gonzalez, Gabriel Garza and Salvador Martinez. The Patriots goals were scored by Heriberto Ochoa and Eder Lara.