Lake Ridge made it to the girls soccer regional quarterfinals last year and looks to be targeting at least that level of success once more as the district schedule begins to wind down.
After last Friday’s 9-0 win over Timberview, the Lady Eagles stood at 9-2-1 in the district standings.
Their losses have come to Ennis and Red Oak, but they sit in second place in the district behind Red Oak.
Having to start a new season after a successful one can be difficult, but Lake Ridge appears to be back on track.
“The girls are starting to have more chemistry on the field as I continue to try new combinations to field the most competitive team possible,” said Lake Ridge head coach Kim Wallace.
Teams returning to try and replicate a strong run need to have new blood enter the equation, and Lake Ridge is checking that item off the list.
Freshman Celia Duarte has been a major contributor on the offensive end of play for Lake Ridge.
Duarte led the team in goals with nine heading into the Timberview game.
Also, a legitimate concern for opponents is Eryn Harrington, who had seven goals prior to the Timberview game.
The Lady Eagles scored seven goals in the second half of that game.
Defensively, Wallace said the defenders are playing well together and continue to improve with each game.
The defense has given up just three goals in district play.
The 2-1 loss to Red Oak two weeks ago is the only true blemish on their record during play. The one tie was a scoreless deadlock with Red Oak in mid-January.
Since then, Lake Ridge has scored 46 goals in the 12 district games for an average of almost four goals per game.
“I am satisfied with my team’s play overall,” Wallace said. “We just have some minor tweaks to work on.”
This week, Lake Ridge will play Lancaster and then play at Waxahachie on Friday.
The Lancaster game may hint at additional opportunity for the Lady Eagles to add to their offensive stats.
In the first meeting with Lancaster, the Lake Ridge attack notched a 13-0 win.
The first meeting at Waxahachie was a much closer contest, with Lake Ridge prevailing, 3-0.