The Alexander girls played well in the first half Tuesday but seemed to struggle in the second half.
“The team played very well and I think we dominated the first half,” said AHS coach David Huynh. “In the second half we had a lapse and started to play at their level. They did a good job pressuring us.”
Huynh added that he feels his team needs more experience playing on turf like the field’s at Carrollton and McEachern.
“As silly as it sounds we have to get use to play ing on turf,” he said. “We have a tough time adjusting to the speed and the bounce of the ball.”
The field did not seem to effect Alexander early in Tuesday’s game as the Lady Cougars moved the ball well side to side and advanced the ball on a regular basis during the first 20 minutes. The Lady Trojans had two nice runs at about the 20 minute mark and had a nice pass across the net but the Carrollton forward missed the attempt.
Most of the work in the first half was done by the mid fielders from both teams.
At the 32 minute mark Carrollton had another nice shot on goal that was kicked out of bounds by Alexander's Haley Worthy. The Lady Trojans would not be able to convert the corner kick. The half ended 0-0.
Alexander started the second half strong having two quality shots on goal in the first two minutes. But the heated pace of the first half seemed to wear the Lady Cougars down. They could not hold possession for much of the second half.
The Lady Trojans held the ball on Alexander’s side of the field and had a number of shots on goal. The Carrollton would find the net for their first score at the 31 minute mark.
The LadyTrojans controlled the ball and continued to build runs into shots on goal. Alexander had one great opportunity at the 22 minute mark when Kat Lackey had a breakaway, but she advanced the ball to far in front and the Lady Trojan keeper was able to tackle the ball before a shot was made.
The Lady Trojans got another goal with four minutes left to play. Alexander would gain a possession in the last minute of the game and Kendall Seese scored a goal for the Lady Cougars. However, with four second left on the clock it was too little too late.
Carrollton scored a goal in the second half to beat the Cougar boys 1-0.
“It was a pretty even game and we had a lot of chances to score and tie it, but the ball would not go in,” said AHS coach Jose Cuellar. “Carrollton is a well organized team that passed the ball very well.”
Alexander’s leading scorer Aaron Ayala was kept in check nearly the entire game as Carrollton fouled him at least 15 times according to Cuellar.
The midfield played well for the Cougars led by Dominic Ruggiero and Kevin Frost.
“They were excellent in the midfield,” Cuellar said. “They were winning lots of balls and continued our attacks.”
the Trojans scored their lone goal off a throw in, on a ball that split the AHS outside back and center back.
“The defense did well except for the one little lapse,” Cuellar said. “We just closed our eyes for a second and they scored.”