When Lake Ridge bowed out of its sectional playoff game last season, the wheels were quickly in motion again to make another run at least as deep.
Already into the District schedule, Lake Ridge’s Lady Eagles are showing promise they can make that goal a reality.
The team lost just one senior from last season and two girls returned to private schools.
With the bulk of the team intact, it hasn’t taken long for Lake Ridge to jell and form the much-needed chemistry upon which successful soccer teams are founded.
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Head coach Kim Wallace wasn’t sure what to think when her team went out in its first scrimmage on a cold and rainy day and struggled against The Colony.
But just a few days later against Fossil Ridge in another scrimmage, the Lady Eagles had somehow flipped a switch and lived up to the coach’s expectation.
“We started out and were disjointed,” Wallace said. “Then, we seemed to learn each other and looked good, so I’m going to say it was just the weather.”
Last year, the Lady Eagles were edged out of the playoffs 2-1 by Kennedale. Lake Ridge had beaten Kennedale 3-0 in the season-opening tournament, so Wallace knows much can change in a season’s time.
This year’s team opened with a 1-1 draw with Carrollton Newman Smith and then notched their first victory in tournament play over Carrollton R.L. Turner, 4-0.
District 14-5A competition started early last week with Ennis first up, and the team handled the Lady Lions with a 7-0 win.
The Lady Eagles were about to take on Red Oak at the early press deadline. Results can be found at dfwvarsity.com.
It’s the first year Lake Ridge has taken on Red Oak as a district member, and Wallace wasn’t sure what to expect against the historically strong program.
“We’re getting there,” Wallace said.
Back for the Lady Eagles are some key components, including last year’s leading goal scorer, Ashton Peeks.
Also available in the midfield is Renee Nguyen to provide stability.
Wallace was also encouraged by the early play of sophomore goalkeeper Brooke Lampe.
“The season came on fast,” Wallace noted. “It seemed to come out of nowhere, but the girls are ready and were excited to get started.”
The objectives for the team as it strives to exceed last year’s result is to always work as a team and to stay humble.
“No matter how many games you have in the win column, you have to stay humble,” Wallace said.
The competition is yet to be fully sized-up, so Wallace was hesitant to make an early assessment.
“I’ll have a better idea after the first round of district games,” she said.