A trio of first half goals was enough for the Lake Travis Cavaliers to surge to a 4-1 win over the Lehman Lady Lobos Friday at Lobo Field.
Lake Travis came out of the gate firing, getting off five shots in the first five minutes. Despite this, Lehman senior goalkeeper Claudia Palomarez recorded four saves, and kept the game scoreless.
Lehman was unable to manufacture much offense early, as Lake Travis dominated both time of possession and shots taken.
Fifteen minutes in, however, the Cavaliers found the net, as they drilled a shot into the top right corner to take a 1-0 lead.
Roughly one minute later, Lake Travis tallied a score on a penalty kick to extend its lead to 2-0.
Despite the deficit, Lehman did not back down easily and began to find its footing on offense.
Senior Messly Navarro put the Lobos on the board, scoring from just outside the right side of the 18-yard box. The shot was the first of the game for Lehman.
The score remained 2-1 for a while as the two teams battled for possession for the rest of the half. Lake Travis scored again later in the first half, finding the top left corner just out of the reach of Palomarez to take a 3-1 lead.
The second half was more of the same as Lake Travis handedly controlled the game.
Fifteen minutes in, the Cavaliers scored their fourth goal of the game. The goal put an exclamation point on the game, and Lehman was unable to mount a comeback.
Lehman took 6 shots, three of which were on target. Lake Travis took 25 shots, 16 of them on target.
Lehman Senior Claudia Palomarez recorded eight saves, and Senior Felicia Martinez recorded one save. Navarro took one shot and scored the lone Lobo goal of the day. Junior Kyla Johnson finished with two shots.
Despite the loss, Lehman head coach Mike Banning remained upbeat.
“One, scoring against Lake Travis is phenomenal, and the shot she (Messly Navarro) took was wonderful,” Banning said.
He also spoke about how his team prides itself on its effort.
“We are going to challenge the opponent. We are going to make them work. That’s our motto and that’s our goal in every game,” Banning said.
Lehman hosts Leander on Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m.