Lady Hornets flip district with a tough loss

Feb. 24—HUNTSVILLE — With the second half of district play starting Friday, Huntsville girls' soccer stood in control of its playoff hopes.

The Lady Hornets got after Lufkin to start district play as they left with a 2-0 win and a perfect start to district play. At Huntsville ISD Stadium, the Lady Pack had a different mindset.

Lufkin rushed out to an early lead against Huntsville and never looked back in its 5-1 win that moves the Lady Hornets into the third-place spot with four games remaining.

"Lukfin outplayed us. They were without number nine the first game and she came in, and she did what she does best," Huntsville head coach Micheal Van Wagner said.

The Lady Pack opened the game quickly with three early goals to hold a quick advantage over Huntsville. With the early punches, the Lady Hornets tried to get back into the game but with the Lady Pack able to play the middle things were tough.

After halftime, Huntsville responded with a corner kick that provided a spark.

The Lady Pack then answered with another two goals that put the game away.

"We've had our shots, I told them we just needed to put it in the back of the net," Van Wagner said. "I thought it was a good turning point where we started pressuring more, but they controlled the midfield."

Huntsville now has four games remaining in district play with one against the top-seeded team in Kingwood Park. With the points system, Huntsville currently holds nine points to their name with Nacogdoches being the fourth-place team with seven.

"We have to find a spark. We have to take the weekend to think about this one and then come out on Monday and have good practice. We face the top team in the district, we just need a good game with them to boost us into the second half," Van Wagner said.

The Lady Hornets will return to the pitch at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, with a road game against Kingwood Park. Huntsville will return to Huntsville ISD Stadium on March 1 against Nacogdoches.