CORPUS CHRISTI – Tuloso-Midway may have felt more like it was in a football game than a fútbol match, but the Cherokees were still able to prevail 3-0 over Alice at Warrior Stadium on Friday night in the team's home finale.
T-M netted two first-half goals on the way to victory.
Most of the game was played on the Cherokees’ side of the field, with the Lady Coyotes firing 11 shots on the night. Alice had the possession advantage as well, but ultimately could not get on the scoreboard.
“We just couldn’t put that ball in the back of the net,” Lady Coyotes coach Benny Barrera said. “We had the ball on that half of the field – the attacking half – which is what we want, we’ve just got to put the ball in the back of the net. That’s the trick we’ve got to figure out.”
T-M broke through in the ninth minute for a 1-0 lead. The Cherokees, who had six first-half shots and 11 overall, extended the lead 20 minutes later on a shot that found the top-right corner of the goal.
T-M had a two-goal advantage at the break, and played the second half with 10 players after a Cherokee was sent off for her second yellow card. In all, there were three yellow cards issued and several fouls in a game that saw plenty of girls hit the grass.
“This game was definitely a lot more physical,” Barrera said. “That’s up to the refs to tighten up the game or let them play loose like they were playing. This was a lot more physical than the first meeting.
“It’s not typical girls soccer, but that’s the refs’ call on the game; they tighten it up and they loosen it up. It all depends on that right there. This is not typical; this is not the way we normally play.”
A one-on-one breakaway with 19:40 remaining ended in a 3-0 T-M advantage and the last goal of the game.
The Cherokees got the season sweep of Alice with the win. T-M closed the season Tuesday at Laredo Nixon.