The Hays Lady Rebels soccer team dropped to 3-4-1 in district play after a 4-0 loss to the Lake Travis Lady Cavaliers Tuesday at Shelton Stadium.
“We really couldn’t generate anything in the middle to go forward and get clear shots, but we tried our best and we will work hard to do better next time.” Hays head coach Mario Bellver said.
Lake Travis controlled the possession and pace for majority of the game, but the Lady Rebel defense limited the Lady Cavaliers to only one shot on goal. That one shot, however, deflected off of goalkeeper Alison Webb’s right hand and into the back of the net with 7:40 left in the half.
Even with only one shot on goal, Lake Travis pressured Hays constantly with crisp passing and multiple shot attempts. Webb finished the first half with nine total saves for the Lady Rebels (6-5-1).
“Our defense is really good, but we are short on defenders,” said Bellver. “So, if somebody gets tired, and we are half way through the season, between injuries or people having troubles with their muscles and they cramp up, we starting subbing in and out and it changes the dynamics.”
The late first half goal opened the flood gates for Lake Travis in the second half. The Lady Cavs scored less than a minute into the second half on a 2-on-1 breakaway.
The hits kept coming as Lake Travis tallied two more goals, one at the 27:48-minute mark, and another with 18 minutes left on the clock. Constant pressure from Lake Travis’s midfield and forwards caused problems for Hays, and eventually wore them down in the second half of play.
While the defense tried to fend off Lake Travis’ attack, Hays’ offense struggled against the fast Lady Cavalier defenders. The Lady Rebels recorded only one shot on goal and just four total shots in the contest. All of Hays’ shot attempts came in the second half when the match was out of reach.
“I think they did good pressing, but we need to work on taking shots from far away,” Bellver said. “We couldn’t do as much because Lake Travis defenders were really good, they were really quick. They were paying attention all the time, so they were on the ball always.”
Lake Travis’ speed created fits for Hays attack as they couldn’t get around the Lady Cavaliers or get into position to take a shot. In order to improve in this area, Bellver said he wants to see the Lady Rebels improve on running and shooting from distance.
“I think the first half went pretty good, we just need to work on how to mark players,” Bellver said. “So that each player knows who they are supposed to be marking and to stay with them. I think besides that, just getting in better shape. But you know the players know how to play soccer, we just need to run a little bit faster, a little bit harder, and get there a little bit earlier to the ball and it will change things.”
Hays will look to get back on track as they hit the road on Friday to play Del Valle (4-7-1) at 7:45 p.m.