The Burnet High School girls soccer team crushed Bandera 8-0 Jan. 3, the first contest in its quest to return to the Class 4A Region III tournament.
The Lady Dawgs (1-0) face Corsicana at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, in their first game of the Lago Vista tournament.
Against Bandera, the Lady Dawgs led 7-0 at the half.
“The girls knew going to half, there was going to be a lot of restrictions on them in the second half before they were allowed to shoot,” head coach Kimberly Myhre said. “They ran with it and did lots of good things.”
Burnet was led by Kaycie Banton and Amelia Griffin, who both scored three goals each for hat tricks and recorded two assists apiece.
Caroline Valencia scored a goal from 25 yards out, and Reagan Shipley scored thanks to an assist by Lainey Rye. Freshman Taylor Petty also had an assist.
The Lady Dawgs are aiming to add to their archives after a historical march to the regional tournament, the program’s first appearance. The team returns 13 players from that squad and then got some talented newcomers, including Kodi Opperman, Jacque Contreras, Laney Huffman, Kylie Brobst and Sam Gaylord.
“Our new ones are big assets to our program,” Myhre said. “We have two freshmen on varsity who fit right in as well, so starting off with a win is huge because the bar is set high for this team, and they are the ones that have set it.”
Also impressive was the Burnet junior varsity’s 4-0 win against Bandera.
“It was a great way to start our season, and we hope you can make it to a game to watch these girls compete,” Myhre said. “This team is going to be a fun group to watch this season. How we are playing now this early is how we started playing during district last year, so hopefully we can keep growing this season, and we pray daily to stay away from injuries. Our junior varsity is probably the best group we have had. Exciting things coming to the program.”
The Burnet varsity faces Killeen Ellison at 10 a.m. Friday and China Spring Friday afternoon and against Harmony at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Lago Vista tournament.
“China Spring will also be a good match-up,” Myhre said. “The girls know they are coming for blood since we beat them in bi-district last year 1-0. We know this will be a tough game, but we are excited about it.”
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