CORSICANA – Sometimes you’ve just got to give yourself the perfect birthday because nobody else can do it for you.
Samantha Gonzales’ two-goal effort helped lead the Red Oak girls soccer team to a big 5-0 win over district foe Corsicana on Friday. Having such a game on her birthday was just the icing on the cake, so to speak.
“It feels amazing. We wanted to come out here and do really good tonight and we did. We worked really hard as a team,” Gonzales said.
Gonzales’ shots were bookends to a night of hard work by the Lady Hawks (10-2-1, 4-0-0 district) whose pressing defense created a nightmare match-up for a struggling Corsicana offense.
The Lady Tigers recorded five legitimate shots on goal over the course of the night as the defensive and offensive pressure Red Oak brought to the field kept the ball out of scoring range for much of the night.
The scoring started about 15 minutes into the first half as Gonzales took a Lauren Stewart assist into the net for a 1-0 lead. That margin held up for less than two minutes into the second half as Amber Franklin scored followed later in the game by Melissa Perez and Ashley Gonzales. All three goals came off assists from Paige McMillian as the Lady Hawks rolled out to a 4-0 lead.
Gonzales got her final shot on a breakaway goal with two minutes left in the game as a hard liner sailed into the net to cap the effort on the night.
The victory capped a strange week for the Lady Hawks as the team played three games since Monday. Last week’s snowstorm forced a home match with Waxahachie to be moved to Monday with a game against Ennis to follow the next day.
In those three games, Red Oak finished 3-0 allowing just one goal while scoring 12.
“It is really tough. We had basically all of our hard teams this past week and we came out this week and wanted to do really good and we really have. We just wanted to keep it up and do our hardest,” Gonzales said.
Since a 1-0 loss to Rockwall back on Feb. 5, the Lady Hawks have scored 21 goals in four games to start district play off 4-0. The strong showings are not by mistake as coach Laurie Norrell has helped her team set high standards for the season.
Gonzales cites a team desire to win the district championship as the primary goal. While that has yet to seen, Friday’s effort was a good sign the team might be on its way.
“We came out this year and wanted to do better than last year, that was our goal. And we’ve done good. We’re undefeated in district and we’re going for district champs,” Gonzales said.