Lehman Lobos girls soccer remain winless in district after a second half collapse led to a 4-0 loss to the Lake Travis Lady Cavaliers Tuesday night in Kyle.
Lehman came into tonight’s game having lost 10 of its last 11 games, while the Cavaliers are winners of five of their last six contests.
A penalty on Lehman inside of the penalty box provided Lake Travis with their first scoring opportunity early in the game. However, the penalty kick was no good after Lehman’s senior Maya Erwin made a spectacular diving save.
“I have been really fortunate in the last four years to have Maya Erwin be our goalkeeper,” said Lehman head coach Nauri Garcia.
The Lobos are back Friday night as they travel north to Austin to take on the Westlake Chaparrals.
In the four years Erwin has been Lehman’s varsity goalkeeper the Lobos have made the playoffs twice, with the one exception being her sophomore year where they missed the playoff by only two points.
Although the Lady Cavaliers were dominating time of possession, the Lehman defense performed under the “bend, but don’t break” philosophy. The Lobos allowed five shots on goal, constant opportunities – yet zero goals in the first 32 minutes of play.
The lone Lake Travis goal came after freshman forward Haley Shaw stole the ball from a Lehman player and dribbled in for an unassisted goal with eight minutes left in the half.
The Lobo offense produced one shot on goal in the first 40 minutes of play.
Garcia said the key problem with the Lobos’ offense this year is succeeding in transition.
“We have to be able to sustain an attack – we get started and then we just don’t transition our number quick enough to keep the ball up front … The best defense is always possessing the ball. In soccer if you hang back there long enough, they’re gonna score.” Nauri Garcia, Lehman head coach
The second half started in the same fashion as the first with Lake Travis again dominating time of possession, however this time the opportunities awarded to them translated into goals.
After a handball by Lehman, Lake Travis was awarded its second penalty kick of the contest. This time the Lobo goalkeeper had no chance as freshman forward Caroline Brooks rifled a shot into the top left corner.
Despite only one score in the first 40 minutes of play, the Lady Cavaliers managed to score three goals in the first five minutes of the second half.
The Lobo defense recomposed themselves after this debacle, not allowing another goal from the Cavaliers for the remainder of the game.
However, Lehman continued to fail to produce offensively. They found the occasional opportunity, but recorded zero shots on goal in the second half.