After a tough tournament last weekend in Frisco at the Dr. Pink Tournament, the Belton Lady Tigers went south to start a three-game set at the 2019 MavRaider Tournament on Thursday.
The opener on Thursday pitted the Lady Tigers against the co-host Cedar Ridge Raiders.
Despite constant offensive pressure and a goal by Maddie Harris in the 75th minute, a penalty kick was awarded on a collision in the goal box to Cedar Ridge with seven seconds to play. The game ended in a 1-1 draw.
Bayley Cox knocked the first shot on goal for the Lady Tigers in the third minute.
Harlie Wiley’s long clear steered aside a Lady Raider scoring attempt at the top of the goal box in the seventh minute of play.
Izzy Rhoads had a shot that drifted wide right in the 12th minute and Abby Cargile belted the ball off a corner kick over the goal box and out the backline for a Lady Raiders’ goal kick in 12th minute. A minute later, Madison Farwell set up Rhoads for a shot on goal that was steered away by Cedar Ridge.
Taylor Gurnett had three straight shots on net that were off of the mark and Morgan Magana’s blast towards the left post was saved by the Lady Raiders.
Rachel Ramm, Abby Davis, and Rachel Mahan were both solid early in the midfield and Gracie Green was equally effective in goal. The half ended scoreless.
Davis and Cargile executed a solid defensive play in the 42nd minute to set up a Lady Tigers’ offensive rush. Having forced a foul just over midfield, Wiley took the free kick. The kick was deflected by the goalkeeper off of the crossbar and Ramm followed with a rebound off of the crossbar.
After Katelyn Chrisman made two saves, Gurnett had three rushes up the field. Two ended up offside and the other ended in a shot just outside the right post in the 60th minute.
Late in the 63rd minute, Ramm appeared to have scored the go-ahead goal, as she laced a point-blank shot off of the keeper and put the rebound into the net. But the side official ruled the Ramm was offside and the goal was disallowed.
Mahan, Wiley, and Sophie Elliott demonstrated excellent footwork and agility over the next few minutes.
Magana, Harris, Cargile, and Yuli Cruz had a scoring chance steered aside by the Cedar Ridge defense in the 71st minute.
Mahan had a big shot on goal in the 73rd minute, as she loaded up her powerful right leg and let loose a missile that the Lady Raider goalkeeper had to swallow up in a hurry.
The Lady Tigers finally scored when Mahan loaded up another cannonading blast from the right side that popped away from the Cedar Ridge goalkeeper. Harris put the rebound home for Belton’s first goal of the season, a scoreless streak that was snapped of 314:57, to give Belton a 1-0 lead with 5:07 to go.
Gurnett nearly gave the Lady Tigers an insurance tally with 1:52 to play, as her shot just snuck over the crossbar to give Cedar Ridge a goal kick.
But the fates would not allow the Lady Tigers a victory at the end, as a penalty kick was awarded to Cedar Ridge due to a collision foul by Belton in the goal box with seven seconds to play. The Lady Raiders scored past Chrisman in the lower left corner and Belton was forced to settle for the draw.
Belton will travel to McNeil High School on Friday morning for a 10 a.m. matchup against Leander Vandegrift.