Senior star Katy Lipscomb scored twice in the first half and the young defense came through in the clutch as Edinburg North knocked off Harlingen South Tuesday at home, 2-0, handing the Lady Hawks their first district loss in three seasons.
On a very windy night the Lady Coogs (then 5-0 in league, 15-0 overall) took the advantage with the breeze in the first half, and overcame some fine counters from South (4-1, 14-3) to get scores at the 17- and 3-minute marks.
When the teams traded sides for the second half, North defender Vicky Dominguez, an active junior, led the charge on the backline, as the Lady Coogs fended off a number of shots from the Lady Hawks, who played without two All-Valley starters.
Paige Gutierrez went from midfield to keeper for the half, and the defense, peopled mainly with underclassmen and missing injured veteran Andrea “Red” Gonzalez, did the job against a high-powered squad that has dominated the Valley with 11 straight district titles.
Coach Danny Valdez said that while he’s glad to finally get over the hump against a bitter rival, his team needed to just get back to work, and soon.
Last year North went four deep in the soccer playoffs, after a three-deep journey in 2007, and has started the latest campaign with the best record in school history after 15 contests. The Lady Coogs took over the No. 1 spot in the Valley with the win, and followed up the South gem with an 11-1 demolition of P-SJ-A Memorial Friday.
The first half of the slate was set to end Tuesday with North and EHS squaring off in the biennial grudge match. The Lady Bobcats lost to South, 3-0 Friday, their second defeat in league play versIn boys’ action, Edinburg gained its first district win Friday with a 4-1 triumph over Harlingen South at home. The Bobcats are playing without a number of veterans for various reasons, and have struggled to play 80 minutes consistently.
But against South, the ‘Cats got two goals off corner kicks, by Mike Ibarra in the first half and Jaime Juarez in the second, to knock off the Hawks. Econ continues to shine this year, and currently is running first in 31-5A after six contests. North has battled terrible luck with injuries but has compiled a winning mark in district so far nonetheless.
It was a busy night at EHS Friday, as the Lady Bobcats pounded Los Fresnos in a softball scrimmage and the Bobcat baseball team was taking on McAllen Memorial and San Benito, back to back. The spring ball sports units will be starting the regular season the next two weeks, with softball a week ahead of the baseballers.
NOTES: In the girls’ basketball playoffs, North was to take on Weslaco Monday with EHS facing off with San Benito. If the Lady Bobcats get past SB they will face the winner of the Laredo United-McAllen Memorial bi-district matchup, while North was looking at a game with the winner of Del Rio-McAllen Rowe if it could upset the 32-5A champ Lady Panthers.