Lady Bobcats undone by Guyer

Posted Monday, Apr. 15, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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For reasons only known to the soccer deities, there’s always one team that just seems to have some unexplainable edge over the other.

Byron Nelson’s girls team enjoyed another incredible run this spring. The Lady Bobcats (27-3-1) unveiled a dynamic offense led by Lynnsey Brim, Darla Kay Hyde and Marchelle Davis.

The Lady Bobcats dominated everybody they played – except District 11-4A foe Denton Guyer. That school, which dropped down from Class 5A to 4A, just seemed to have the better of it when the two met. They met three times. Guyer won all three, including last Saturday’s Class 4A Region I championship game in Wichita Falls.

That’s what made the loss so hard to accept. A year removed from falling to Highland Park in the Class 4A state championship game, the Lady Bobcats were denied a chance to return to the state tournament.

“We played really great, and I thought we had the better of it in the first half,” coach Phillip Salyer said. “But we couldn’t capitalize on our opportunities. That eventually caught up with us.”

What also hurt was that this team didn’t have Brim for the game. She turned her right ankle badly in the second half of the 2-1 semifinal victory over Amarillo. The injury turned out to be so severe that it needed X-rays. The only chance the Lady Bobcats were going to have her would have been for the state tournament. This was a similar type of injury that she suffered against Highland Park last year.

Salyer had to change his approach as he kept Hyde and Davis up front and pinching more on the defensive side.

Despite the positive vibe from the first half, the Lady Wildcats scored their first goal in the first 10 minutes of the second half off a corner kick. They added the clincher 10 minutes later and then finished it off with the capper.

“Lynnsey scored a great goal against Amarillo and losing her changed our ability to score,” Salyer said. “We had one less option. There’s just a lot of frustration because this is the only team that beat us all year.

“We were down at 2-0 but the girls kept fighting and just wanted to keep playing for each other. But the difference was that Guyer does a great job of finishing its chances. I don’t think 3-0 is an indicator as to what kind of match this was.”

Nelson’s future

The Lady Bobcats are going to look much different in 2014. They lose their top scoring line to graduation in Brim, Hyde and Davis.

That means Salyer is going to have to rebuild the offense around Madison Hall, who has the experience to be a prolific scorer. She was considered the fourth-best offensive player on this team. Junior Allie Rivers should also figure into the offense.

Salyer will have a solid defense, led by freshman Katina Tsapos. He’s already called her one of the most experienced players he’s ever coached.

The keeper slot should be in good shape with junior Bonnie Ruten. So expect Nelson to be a little more defensive-minded and hope the offense finds its way.

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