Soccer News: PNG looking to establish legacy vs Kingwood Park

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Friday morning brings a sense of legacy to Port Neches-Groves girls soccer.  The Lady Indians (19-5-5) have been to the regional semifinals for five straight years but have never made it past the fourth round.  

They play a team in Kingwood Park (24-2-1) who last year had a program defining season as the Lady Panthers made it all the way to the state tournament, losing to Frisco Wakeland in the semifinals.  KP had a taste of the big time, there’s little doubt they smell the state title aroma this year.

Both teams are hungry, talented, and motivated to stamp themselves as a legacy program.  History is on the line.

Kingwood Park is an offensive powerhouse that averaged over 4 goals a game during the regular season (97 total goals) and have scored 8 total goals during their three game playoff run.

“They are a powerful team,” said PNG head soccer coach Aimee Bates.

“We are going to scratch, fight and claw our way to keeping them from the goal.  We’re looking to shut them down offensively.”

Junior goalkeeper Kaylee Hooper can expect to be tested wildly throughout the contest but the PNG defense comes in with 20 shutouts on the season, including a spotless playoff run.

“Defensively I’m looking for Halley Smith (D, 2020) to step up for us to to damage and shut them down,” said Bates, who has led the PNG girls program since 2002.

“Offensively (Breeana) Riggs has been playing well, she scored the last minute goal against Foster and created some great things against Texas City.  I think she’s going to have a great game Friday.”

A tight match could favor PNG as they scored late goals in their two wins over Foster (1-0) and Texas City (2-0), with all scoring coming after the 70 minute mark.

Big name players step up in big time situations and there’s no bigger match than Friday morning at 11am.

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