The John Tyler Lady Lions soccer team waited 11 days to play a meaningful soccer match.
The Lady Lions must go even longer searching for a goal.
The Lady Lions had their shots, just nothing to show for them in a scoreless tie against Texas High on Saturday at the JT practice field.
JT outshot Texas High 7-0, only to settle for its third deadlock in non-district.
The defense of the Lady Lions (5-3-3) drew praise from head coach Paul Frye, who cited a backline featuring marking backs Andrea Araiza and Kayla Hutchinson, sweeper Idania Alvarado and stopper Eymi Cornelio.
Ruby Ocanas protected the goal for JT, though she never needed to make a save with Texas High failing to send any shots her way.
“They shut down their forwards well,” Frye said of Araiza and Hutchinson. “When they did get by Idania did a great job shutting them down and Eymi did a great job stopping the attacking midfielders.”
Adriana Perez, Yelsi Rosales and Esperanza Zavaleta all attempted shots on goal for JT. Texas High appeared content with playing it safe.
“They had a good defense and they collapsed down,” Frye said of Texas High, who won last year’s meeting, 1-0. “We had a couple of chances.”
Frye credited an exhibition match against the JV boys’ team on Tuesday for making his team better. The Lions JV defeated the Lady Lions 3-2. The game gave the Lady Lions a chance to get on the field after a lengthy break that resulted when JT did not play at the Hallsville tournament as originally scheduled.
“It helped with their speed,” Frye said “and keeping their shape.”
The junior varsity contest also resulted in a scoreless tie.
The Lady Lions return to action Tuesday at Greenville. JT opens district on Feb. 14 against Lindale.
“I’m proud of the way they played and took care of things,” Frye said. “We’re trying to get better every week.”