By DINA ARÉVALO
Port Isabel-South Padre Press
It was a one sided game in more ways than one as the Port Isabel Lady Tarpons hosted a 4-1 decision against the La Vernia Lady Bears Friday afternoon at Tarpon Stadium. The area round match was history in the making, marking the deepest playoff victory so far for the three year old squad.
Thanks to northern winds that were blowing at a steady 30 mph or so, play was limited to the southern half of the pitch throughout most of the game.
La Vernia had the wind advantage to open the game, defending the northern goal, but the Lady Tarpons had few opportunities to worry the Lady Bears’ goal keeper as the gusts kept the ball firmly in Tarpon territory almost the entire half.
Despite being aided by the wind, the Lady Bears only managed a handful of shots on goal. It wasn’t until the 39th minute, when it seemed the half would end 0-0, that the Lady Bears snuck one in on a slow kick from inside the box. The ball skipped and stuttered on the grass almost as if it was embarrassed to cross the goal line at all.
At the sight, the Lady Bears cheered while several Lady Tarpons raised their hands to their faces in dismay. Less than 30 seconds later, the clock ticked down to zero, ending the half.
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