GODLEY — The Godley Wildcats and Lady Cats kicked off their first official soccer seasons with a pair of victories Tuesday night.
The Lady Cats received a hat trick from Trinity Brown, who scored two goals in the first half and one in the second half to beat Springtown, 3-0.
“It was a great first official win [Tuesday] night,” Godley Coach Kasie Welborn said. “I was impressed with my veteran players. They are continuously getting better and working better together. It’s fun to watch. What I am most impressed with was my bench. I have a lot of freshmen, and with some key injuries in the first half, they had to step up — and they did big time.”
Jaci Briggs and Tori Hiser each played one half in goal for the Lady Cats to share the shutout as Sierra Rodriguez and Katelyn Shackelford played stellar defense in the field.
“The experience and leadership of Sierra kept the backline tight,” Welborn said. “Freshman Katelyn Shackelford really proved herself. Her timing and ability to read the ball was apparent [Tuesday] night.”
In addition to Brown’s dominance, Welborn liked how Godley’s midfield dictated play.
“Trinity Brown dominated the center of the field,” she said. “The entire midfield showed good control and passing combinations, which paid off for us.”
Andi Burks had the assist on Brown’s first goal, then Elissa Castro had the helper on the second goal. In the second half, Londyn Howle registered the assist to Brown for the hat trick.
Brown scored 39 goals for Godley last season when the Lady Cats played an outlaw schedule.
Godley is set to host Castleberry at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Wildcats blast Keene
The Wildcats kicked off their first official season with a dominant 9-1 victory over Keene.
Godley had two players register hat tricks as senior Mauricio Solorzano scored four goals while senior Pedro Ramirez had three goals.
Junior Leo Minero and freshman Andrew Valdez each scored once.
“It feels great to come out against a future district opponent and get a win,” Godley Coach Jordan Ebbens said. “We still have a lot to shore up and fix but overall the kids came to play. We’ve set the bar high and aim to climb higher.”
Godley is next scheduled to visit Joshua at 7 p.m. Jan. 19.