Timber Creek girls look to benchmark game and playoffs

02/24/2014 11:21 AM

02/24/2014 11:22 AM

The Timber Creek girls soccer team is tied for second in District 4-5A heading into the second loop through its opponents, and the defense can take its fair share of the credit.

The Lady Falcons were set to take on the district leader and the state’s top team, Southlake Carroll, on Tuesday and will then host Central on Friday. The Carroll game was played after the press deadline but results are available at dfwvarsity.com.

Timber Creek has given up just five goals en route to its 5-1-1 district record. Three of those goals came from Carroll in the first meeting.

“We’re playing very strong and our strongest asset is our defense,” Timber Creek head coach Mike King said. “The defense is creating tons of chances but we’re just not finding the back of the net. We do that, and then we have a total package.”

Coming off a 2-1 win over Fossil Ridge on Friday, the Lady Falcons have scored 11 goals in the seven district contests. They went 3-2 in their non-district games.

King said the Lady Falcons aren’t lacking for experience, as they sport two senior leaders – Michelle Hernandez and Bailey Ruby – and are also blessed with two solid goalkeepers in Kylie Hunt and Christina Hayden.

The defense is providing plenty of transitional opportunities for the offense, but King likens the lack of production to a baseball team’s hitting slump.

“We’re just not placing our shots very well,” King said. “We’re working our way through it right now. If we weren’t creating our chances, it would be different. It’ll come,” he added.

It’s a matter of time before the offensive breaks come along and begin to match the defense, said King, who added that he’s never seen a team which continues to create as many chances to score as his squad.

“We’re sitting at 5-1-1,” King said, “and I tell the team we could be in a lot worse situation. We’re winning the games we’re supposed to.”

In the first game with Carroll, Timber Creek took the Lady Dragons into the half in a scoreless tie.

“We made three mistakes and they capitalized on all three,” King said of the eventual 3-0 loss.

But the Lady Falcons were welcoming the opportunity to take on the state’s top-ranked team and see how they measure up.

The Lady Falcons are tied with Keller, which is not unusual, as the two teams played to a scoreless draw in their matchup on Feb. 14.

•  Keller was to play Central on Tuesday and then host Fossil Ridge on Friday.

The Lady Indians, in contrast, have been able to score 22 goals in their 5-1-1 campaign thus far. They just tagged Richland with a 5-0 loss last week.

In addition to their tie with Timber Creek, Keller’s loss was also to Carroll in a 1-0 final.

•  Central stands at 4-3 and is in fourth place. The Lady Chargers finished off Northwest on Friday, winning 2-0.

Obviously, Central has its hands full this week with Keller and Timber Creek, but wins, or even a split, would bolster its attack for a playoff spot.

•  Fossil Ridge had one of its better outings last week in the 2-1 loss to Timber Creek, but is fighting a 0-6-1 start to the district season. The Lady Panthers were hosting Northwest on Tuesday and are at Keller on Friday.

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