Lady Lions come up short at tournament

Santa Gertrudis Academy placed second at the tournament, losing to Calallen 3-0 in the championship matchup.

MOPAC was the place to be for the Lady Brahma Classic this past weekend, with one area team earning second place at the three-day tournament.

Eight teams from Class 4A to Class 5A traveled into Kingsville to continue the soccer season, in a full tournament that stretched from Thursday morning to Saturday night.

H.M. King hosted and competed in the tournament with Santa Gertrudis Academy also in the mix.

“The tournament was great. It was one of the Lady Brahma Soccer team’s fundraisers and we came out successful,” HMK Head Coach Victoria Longoria said. “(The games) were rough. Everyone was tired and mentally expended. The types of teams we played against were of a good variety.”

At the start of the tournament, HMK went 2-1 defeating Ingleside and beating Corpus Christi Miller, while dropping a game to Calallen.

“Each of those teams brought something different to the table that will definitely help us grow and develop as a team,” Longoria said.

SGA went 1-2 in their first three games, losing to Tuloso-Midway and Calallen, but beating Alice on Friday morning.

On Friday afternoon, points were tallied to determine the single round elimination brackets and both teams survived their matchups to advance to play on Saturday.

SGA defeated Brownsville Jubilee and HMK defeated Ingleside for the second time in as many days.

On Saturday, the Lady Lions were able to put away Tuloso-Midway 4-1 in their semi-final matchup to advance to the tournament final.

Unfortunately for the Lady Brahmas, their second matchup against Calallen resulted in a 1-0 loss, preventing HMK from competing in the final.

Longoria said the second game was a testament to how her team is able to “bounce back” after losing their first meeting earlier in the tournament, 1-6.

“We made some adjustments to our defensive end and played fantastic. We moved the ball better, we communicated, we did everything that we should do for the rest of the season,” Longoria said. “That being said, losing to them the second time considering the vast improvement we made was a win on its own(…) They gave more of themselves then they have before and now know what they are in fact capable of.”

In the finals, Calallen held the SGA Lady Lions to no goals, winning the championship 3-0 over SGA.

SGA Head Coach Melissa Garcia said placing second at the tournament was a great momentum builder for her team as they approach the district season.

“I think we did great, this was a great accomplishment for my girls,” Garcia said. “We have a lot of work to do. However, the heart and intensity that these girls showed this weekend was a great way to kick off our season. This was definitely a confidence booster.”

SGA is only on its second season of being a varsity soccer program, and Garcia said there is already a change in her program’s culture.

“The difference between last season and this season is the experience for the returning players. This will enable them to guide all of the new players to a successful season,” Garcia said. “Last year we learned a lot. We are hoping to build on that.”

The season continues for both teams as they compete in tournaments again this weekend, the Lady Lions traveling to Edinbrug and the Lady Brahmas competing at the CCISD tournament. 

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