Soccer News: Hargrave playing for history

Hargrave_Girls_Soccer Photos: Hargrave ISD

Hargrave Soccers Kinley Hance. Photo: Hargrave ISD

In only its third year of existence the Hargrave (24-3-2) girls soccer team are competing in this weeks regional tournament at A&M Consolidated High School.  With a Region 3-4A semifinal match Friday night against Lorena (22-5) the Falcons have already built a legacy most programs take decades to achieve.

“We know Lorena is an experienced team,” said Hargrave head soccer coach Adam Bell.

“They’ve been there, done that as far as regional tournaments go.  Our teams know when you get  to this spot everyone has a chance to win so that’s our mentality.”

Hargrave is led by a solid group of playmakers who have been bred into the “Falcon Way” since their freshmen seasons.  Led by senior playmaker Hannah Long (Sr., F) the Falcon arsenal includes juniors Kinley Hance (D, MF), Sydney Bray C, Taylor Sterling (FB) and Emma Railey (D, MF).  

“When we play our best brand of soccer we’re pretty tough to beat,” said Bell.

“We’re excited about making our mark in history as we keep playing.”

Goal keeping and defense most likely will come into play this Friday as Lorena has scored 17 goals so far in the playoffs with wins over Westwood (8-0), LCM (7-1), and over Palestine in overtime on penalty kicks.

“(Goalie) Taylor Symons has been tremendous this season,” said Bell.

“She’s a great leader and, in my opinion, one of the best goalkeepers in the region, if not the state.  She has a lot of ability in being that shot stopper we need at this point.”

Look for Hargrave to rely on a fluid attack and be a sound defensive team against the experienced Lorena who return to the regional tournament for the second straight year.  The Leopards lost to Jasper in last years regional final 5-1.

The winner of Friday’s match will play the Lorena vs Hargrave winner Saturday afternoon at A&M Consolidated.

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