Soccer girls blank Lady Bearkats

Dina Arévalo | Staff photographer

Special to the PRESS

The Port Isabel Lady Tarpon soccer team made a strong showing against their first major competition in district last Friday, blanking the Raymondville Lady Bearkats, 6-0. The decisive win puts PI 2-2 in district play.

The Lady Tarpons had more than just another team facing them across the pitch, however, as Mother Nature played a role throughout the game, with sustained winds at 22 mph and gusts well over 30 mph.

Kicking into the wind to start the game, the team faced a real challenge, but sophomore Juliann Hernandez delivered some words to her teammates to help deal with the situation. “Just go towards the ball, don’t wait for it,” she told them. “The second half we will have the advantage of the wind so we will be able to get the ball easier,” Hernandez said.

Hernandez, who was pulled up from the junior varsity ranks late in the season last year, led Port Isabel Friday with a total of three goals. Her first — the first goal of the game — came less than a minute into the start of the second half.

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