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20140121-Palmview-v-J-L-Girls-Soccer-051For the second year in a row, the La Joya Juarez-Lincoln Lady Huskies kicked off their District 30-5A season with a victory over the La Joya Palmview Lady Lobos soccer team.

Last year, it was Selena Martinez that scored both of the Lady Huskies’ goals in their 2-0 victory over the Lady Lobos. Tuesday evening it was sophomore forward Gabriela Reyes and senior midfielder/forward Ana Cobix that scored two goals for Juarez-Lincoln en-route to their 2-1 victory over Palmview.

Reyes opened the scoring at the 28:30 minute mark of the second half when she was given a second chance after having just missed a kick-on-goal that ricocheted off the top crossbar and back onto the playing field.

“I took the shot when I saw the goal was open, but I was nervous and it hit the top bar and bounced back,” explained Reyes. “Alexis (Pruneda) got control of the ball on the rebound and kicked it back to me. I reacted quickly and kicked it towards the net. Fortunately, this time it went in.”

In what looks to be her first full year on the varsity roster, Reyes’ goal was her third of the season. With Juarez-Lincoln coming off a 10-6 playoff qualifying season last year, Reyes is optimistic about her team’s chances of repeating that success this year.

“I think we’re a good team and we should make it to the playoffs. “It’ll take practice and teamwork, but we can do it,” said Reyes.

With the Lady Huskies holding on to the one point lead, the Lady Lobos’ Leslie Cruz tied the game with a perfectly placed free kick at the 22:04 mark of the second half.

“It was a free kick outside the box and I placed it where it should be and their goalie actually pushed it further in,” said Cruz. “It was going just under the top bar when she jumped up to block it. She got her hands on it but it bounced off her hands and went into the goal.”

As it turns out, Cruz is somewhat of a specialist when it comes to free kicks.

“Coach Malacara lets me shoot the free kicks when they’re near the goal,” explained Cruz. “As a junior last year I scored six goals on free kicks and ever since then I’m the one he turns to when we have a free kick opportunity. Hopefully, if I don’t get injured, I’ll be doing that the rest of this season. It just comes naturally to me and I love doing it.”

Despite the fact that the Lady Huskies regained a lead they would not relinquish less than a minute and a half later, the Lady Lobos kept pressure on the Lady Huskies defense for most of the remainder of the game.

“We had a lot of chances, but we got unlucky and we couldn’t get anything in,” said Cruz.

The Lady Huskies will be hosting Edinburg North next while the Lady Lobos will be traveling to Edinburg High. Both games are scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. tonight.

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