AP NEWS
Related topics

Lady Deer cruises to bi-district soccer title with 6-0 rout of Memorial

March 30, 2019

PASADENA - Winning by six goals in a soccer match is rare. Winning by six goals in a state playoff scenario is supposed to be even rarer.

But Deer Park High School’s varsity girls soccer team steamrolled over Memorial by that margin, a 6-0 romp that gave the Lady Deer an easy bi-district championship at Veterans Memorial Stadium Friday night.

The District 21-6A champions collected over 20 shots on goal against Memorial’s one. Corner kicks were every bit as one-sided. That’s pretty much all Deer Park attempted over the final 40 minutes.

Playing under windy conditions, Deer Park had the wind at their back for the second half and it was an advantage that kept the district champs on Rayburn’s side of the field.

Deer Park had the wind in their collective faces for the opening 40 minutes and it took a little while before the team found the scoreboard. With 21:28 remaining, Arely Alaniz scored, converting after an earlier attempt failed to find the net. She took the rebound and put it in.

“Once we got one, I think we got comfortable. Obviously, we’ve had lots of opportunities with movement of the ball. We’re pretty deep so I think we’re able to spread the wealth,” Deer Park head coach Jesse Saavedra said.

After a shot on goal by Alexa Hinojosa and a try from 30 yards out by Nyah Shepherd, Camden Chance put the team up by two off a long pass with 12:59 left in the first half.

It didn’t stay 2-0 for very long. Alaniz, the district’s second-leading scorer this winter, put her teammates up by a field goal with her second goal.

Of Deer Park’s three second-half goals, the sweetest one was the score that made it 5-0. Shepherd, on a free kick from 25 yards out, lofted a ball directly over the Memorial goalkeeper and into the back of the net for the score.

That score came with 36:38 still to play in the game. The second half’s first score arrived inside the opening 30 seconds. The last one came with 14:34 to play.

Probably the only negative to the win was goalkeeper Rachel Torres essentially getting a night off. That could come back to haunt Deer Park when the team faces stronger clubs that will surely put some heat on Torres.

“Unfortunately, she hasn’t touched the ball much because our defense really protects her,” Saavedra said.

Deer Park advances to play Pearland High School in the Area round. The Lady Oilers eliminated Clear Falls 3-0 Friday night.

ravery@hcnonline.com