By Pat Turner
Clark and Harlan are closing in on girls’ soccer district titles during the final stretch.
Clark (14-2-2, 14-0-0) has a fairly comfortable lead in District 28-6A with Brandeis (13-3-2, 12-2-0) sitting in second place. Harlan (15-0-2, 10-0-2) has a tougher situation in 28-5A as Medina Valley (15-2-2, 9-0-2) is breathing down the Hawks’ necks.
The Hawks can help their situation with a win over Medina Valley Tuesday. Clark looks to wrap things up this week during matches with Brennan (10-6-2, 7-6-1) and O’Connor (12-5-1, 9-4-1).
The Cougars and Hawks have reached their current status by turning in consistent performances.
Clark showed its offensive punch in a 5-1 win over Marshall and a 9-1 thumping of Stevens,
Goals came from a variety of players, including Sarah Steffen and Hannah Faustino, who scored one goal against Marshall and kicked in two in the match with Stevens.
One of the most impressive weeks came from Taylor Tommack. She scored in both matches, but also played a major role in setting up opportunities for teammates with seven assists, six coming against Stevens.
Harlan was dominant in its matches.
The Hawks rolled to a 4-0 win over Southside with two goals from Jayden Conlin and Kalista Kuchka. Conlin followed with two more scores in a 7-0 zapping of Uvalde.
Harlan also received two goals from Destinee Velazquez. Sydney Holmes and Jade Teixeira kicked in goals and dished out assists.
Brandeis, O’Connor, Taft
Brandeis, O’Connor (12-5-1, 9-4-1) and Taft (9-8-2, 9-4-1) are close to securing playoff spots.
Brandeis kept a lock on second place this past week with a 4-1 win over Brennan, before pulling out a 1-0 thriller over O’Connor.
The Broncos’ offense had a steady flow against Brennan. Alexia Murillo was a big part of the attack with two assists, while Mia Salas also set up a goal.
Isabella Benavidez benefited from their help with two goals. Megan Gomez-Leon kicked in a goal.
The match with O’Connor was a defensive struggle. O’Connor staged threats but four saves by Brandeis goalkeeper Carissa Cardenas kept the Panthers off the scoreboard.
O’Connor was equally tough on the Broncos. However, Brandeis struck gold in the first half when Benavidez found an open Gomez-Leon for the Broncos’ lone goal.
Taft also had a big week by moving into a third-place tie with O’Connor.
Adriana Hutson’s two goals and Mackenzie Presley’s 11 saves gave the Raiders a 2-0 win over O’Connor.
The Raiders revved up the offense to register a 7-0 win over Holmes.