It was an impressive showing for the Lady Bears Jan. 27, as they took on the Bandera Lady Bulldogs, outmaneuvering them to the tune of 4-1.
Bandera burst onto the pitch to start the game, but the Lady Bulldogs were a little too eager and drew an offside call from the sideline referee. La Vernia responded in kind, with Daniela Ayon giving the fans a taste of things to come with a hard drive down the right.
The Lady Bear defense was on point as well, with Macensey Clark blocking the Lady Bulldogs’ first shot on goal. She then sent a corner kick into the goal area. The resulting loose ball was sent in with authority by Ayon to bring the score to 1-0.
The Bandera offense continued to nose around La Vernia’s goal area, fed by their hotshot player, Maddy Cardinal, from the midfield. The Lady Bears never stopped their attacks either, with attempts on goal from Ayon, Naiellie Mendoza, Riley Jaskinia, Jordan Lubianski, and Summer O’Brien continuing to pour in.
A long pass behind the Lady Bulldogs’ defense was taken in by Ayon, who bounced her shot off the far post into the back of the net to raise the score to 2-0, La Vernia.
This point was followed by another close call when Jaskinia fed O’Brien inside the goal area for a near miss. Seconds later, Clark sent the ball to Jaskinia, who in turn sent it just over the crossbar. Meanwhile, Bandera was having trouble mounting anything offensively.
The Lady Bulldogs started strong in the second half, immediately pushing the ball to La Vernia’s side of the field. Five minutes into the half, and the teams were at a stalemate. Lady Bear captain Cheyenne Brizzee, along with the rest of the defense, began a battle of wills with Bandera’s Cardinal, who began stepping up her solo attacks.
La Vernia’s offense continued its assault, with attempts by Ayon, Clark, and Natalie Hernandez. As they fell deeper into their groove, the offense often circulated the ball back through the defense to create some breathing room for another attack.
A couple of changes occurred midway through the half, with Brizzee and Kassie Bauer carrying O’Brien off the field due to injury, and Bandera’s Cardinal re-entered the fray as a forward.
Before she could do any damage, however, Eden Daniel sent a corner kick from Clark into the net, followed a few minutes later by Hernandez taking matters into her own hands and driving down the middle for the Lady Bears’ fourth goal of the evening.
La Vernia was on fire at this point, with clean traps and crisp passes all around. Bandera’s Cardinal still managed to dribble up the right for her team’s first and only goal of the game. Her constant attacks continued, injecting some energy into the Lady Bulldogs, but not enough against a strong Lady Bear team. Brizzee had the final word of the evening, stealing the ball away from Cardinal to keep the final score at 4-1, La Vernia.
This win brings the Lady Bears’ record to 4-3-1. They took on the Floresville Jaguars Jan. 31, and will play Fredericksburg Feb. 3 in Bear Stadium.