In their last home soccer game of the regular season, the Lehman Lady Lobos were shut out Friday by the Westlake Chaparrals 4-0.
Lehman fell to 0-10-1 in district with one final game played against Leander Tuesday, with Westlake still at the top of their division.
The Chaparrals took full advantage of Lehman’s lack of coverage in the midfield with through-balls to the strikers to get the goal.
After numerous through-ball attempts, the Chaparrals got one past the Lobo defense roughly seven minutes into the first half. Westlake earned the first goal of the match by drilling a shot from the top of the 18-yard box.
Westlake continued to put pressure on the Lobo defense, looking for another dent in the line.
Despite several failed chances at goal, Westlake kept up the pace and tallied another goal in the back of the net before halftime.
The Lobos began to take more chances and passed the ball more to start the second half, in order to get through the Westlake midfield.
Despite the push from the Lobos, the Chaparrals put in another goal in the seventh minute of the second half to take a 3-0 lead.
The Chaps later took advantage of an aggressive Lobo defense and scored a penalty late in the second half. Westlake booted in the final goal of the game to cap off the shutout.
Head coach Michael Banning said he wanted his team to pressure the midfield, and that’s exactly what they did.
“We wanted to slow their attack down a little bit,” Banning said. “We knew we had to slow them down as much as possible, so our big thing was once the ball got into the midfield we really needed to compress the space and pressure.”
It was the last home game of the season for the Lobos, and the last home game for the class of 2018 seniors as well.
Senior Melissa Navarro said the team can improve on a few things for next season, but overall, they will do big things.
“We need to open the field, put the ball in the net and have more control, but next year they will be awesome,” Navarro said.
With such a young team, Banning said freshmen are having to step up and bring more energy to the field. Banning said his freshmen are going to do well next season as they look into the new district season hopeful.
“We played a lot of freshmen at the end of the year, and that in itself is going to help in the long run,” Banning said. “I feel that if a freshman is going to get some time on the field then they need to be up. They definitely pulled their weight and they are doing really well.”