Bear Cave Classic Champions under adverse conditions
Your varsity women's soccer team earned a spot in the Bear Cave Classic Championship match after experiencing every weather situation imaginable... wind, rain, sun, humidity, tornados, hail, snow, mid-20 degree temps.
"I have been through a lot of weather conditions but what we experienced in the last couple days was like no other, " said LVS head coach, Jay Fitzgerald.
The Lady Vikings kicked off the event on Friday morning with Denton Guyer and stormed out of the gates with an opening shutout victory, 5-0. Junior, forward Laci Earixson completed her 3rd hat trick of the season.
LVS Goals (Assists)
Paola Vazquez (Laci Earixson)
Mya Ulloa (Earixson)
Earixson (Avery Hutka)
The weather remained rainy and cool then came the lightning and with off and on delays, the event was postponed to the next day. The next day didn't get any better but with no lighting, the games must go on.
The Lady Vikings took to the field against Little Elm in 27 degree wind chill, snow, and a soaked field. Soaked to the point where corner kicks could only be taken on one side and throw-ins were allowed to be taken on the field.
Sophomore, Avery Hutka got the Lady Vikings on the board first with a nice header off a cross from Bella Tankersley and then added another in the second half to "ice" the game off an assist from Paola Vazquez.
Hutka mentioned after the game, "It was a real difficult game to play in but we battled through and got the result we needed."
Moving to 12-4-4 overall and 2-0 in the tournament, the Lady Vikings picked up their gear and moved to the field next door to play the second game of the morning. It wasn't getting any warmer, the snow continued to fall, and the field conditions were not improving.
Midland Lee was their next opponent and were playing in their first game of the day. Another strong start from the Lady Vikings kept Midland Lee contained. A late own goal with about 10 minutes to play secured the win for the Lady Vikings. The shutout win advanced the Lady Vikings to the championship match against Coppell High School, the #1 team in the nation.
With about 5 hours to fuel up, rest, and get a little bowling in, the Lady Vikings headed back to Brewer High School to defend its back to back to back championship.
When the Lady Vikings returned to get ready for the championship game, they realized that Coppell had dropped out of the event and they were to take on Cedar Hill, the team they defeated last year in the final 4-0.
The Lady Vikings spent a good half of the first half in the Cedar Hill end but couldn't come up with a goal despite several opportunities. Fitzgerald said, "We entered the field in the second half with a different mindset and immediate capitalized on the opportunities we had been creating."
Bella Tankersley was taken down in the box and Mya Ulloa converted the penalty kick for the games first goal. Laci Earixson stepped up for the next 2 goals, then Avery Hutka and Paola Vazquez both added one a piece. Tankersley had 2 assists and Beatrice Birbeck and Mya Ulloa had 2 assists of their own.
Sophomore, goalkeeper, Alle Steining earned her 4th shutout of the tournament and 14th of the season.
The Lady Vikings were crowned back to back to back to back champions with the 5-0 shutout over Cedar Hill improving to 14-4-4.
Next up for LVS is at home vs Castleberry on Tuesday and at TCA on Thursday.