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District play continues on the road; Austin Showcase next up

The Lady Vikings finished up a week with non-district and district competition going 2-0 heading into Austin the weekend. Returning home to host Castleberry last Tuesday night was what the Lady Vikings needed to put on a little bit of a show for their fans for the first time in a a long time. The last home game the Lady Vikings played was against All Saints on December 11th.

It was a welcome homecoming as Paola Vazquez and Bella Tankersley scored within 5 minutes of each other in the first 10 minutes of the match. Assists came for Avery Hutka and Bella Tankersley. The backline alone with GK, Alle Steining combined for another shutout on the season for a total of 15.

LVS head coach, Jay Fitzgerald on the performance, " If you look at this game objectively, we created enough quality chances, not half chances, to score 20 goals. We just need to be better technically in and around the box or even our decision making."

The game was what the Lady Vikings needed heading on the road to finish up the first half of district play against TCA. The rain was falling and the wind was screaming across the field. No one is more prepared to play in any condition possible than the Lady Vikings. The first half was a stalemate with the game heading down the right path. Once the Lady Vikings settled in, the game developed a good rhythm to it despite the adverse conditions.

With 15 minutes to play in regulation, the Lady Vikings put together a well thought out build up with the ball ending up on the foot of Olivia Tankersley who hammered home the eventual game-winner. Mya Ulloa, who pretty much covered every inch of the field got the assist on the first goal.

There were a couple times were the Lady Vikings had to change personnel up top and in the backline and seamlessly handled the situations. Fitzgerald continued, "We are very solid through the spine of our team from back to front and our strong leadership from center back, Grace Gnatovic and goalkeeper, Alle Steining and pretty much every other position on the field always provide consistency in all 4 functions of the game."

Gnatovic commented," We felt really good tonight from the time we walked out of the bus to warm up to the end of the game."

In the 75th minute of the game, Laci Earixson doubled the Lady Viking lead off an assist from Bella Tankersley with a well time quick release of a shot over the outstretched arms of the TCA goalkeeper.

The Lady Vikings improve to 16-4-4 and 3-0 in district play and head south on Thursday to compete in the Austin Showcase taking on Rouse High School on Thursday night at 5pm, SA Christian at 1pm at St. Edward's University on Friday, and then to wrap the weekend up, on Saturday at 1pm will take on St. Stephen's at St. Stephens School.

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