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Lady Mavs get goal happy in second half to pin 4-1 loss on Rayburn

February 5, 2019

Deadlocked at a goal apiece through the opening 40 minutes, Memorial High School’s girls team knew the next 40 minutes would be crucial to their postseason lives.

Lose the match and the team drops below .500, win and the club climbs over .500.

Thanks to three goals, their postseason lives look a little brighter.

Sophomore Audrey Serrato drilled home two goals and Mia Davis added a long distance goal as the Lady Mavs secured a 4-1 District 22-6A win over rival Sam Rayburn at Veterans Memorial Stadium Monday night.

Memorial improves its district record to 3-2-1.

“It was rough but we’re making strides to get better,” said Memorial head coach Mark Turner, whose club features just one senior.

Serrato broke the tie with her goals at the 38:27 mark of the second half and with 24:44 remaining.

Turner said they changed tactics in reference to Serrato. In getting the ball to her, the midfielders went to a backside cross, a diagonal pass to the win.

“The ball down the middle wasn’t working,” Turner said.

Well, the diagonal kick sure did. Interesting enough, Serrato’s first goal over the final 40 minutes arrived after a threat that Sam Rayburn appeared to have snuffed out.

After Rayburn, by some lucky break, cleared the ball, Serrato found it at her feet and from 10 yards out, she got it past Rayburn’s goalie.

Serrato watched another shot on goal roll wide left, but just minutes later, she was putting the contest out of reach with her second goal.

Davis’ goal was from an estimated 40 yards out, a blistering free kick that hit off the goalie’s hand and into the net.

Cynthia Perez had a shot on goal stuffed by Rayburn’s goalie. It took all of her body to get the job done because the boot was pretty close between the two.

The only goal Memorial allowed was due to a penalty kick. Abby Gutierrez received credit for the win in the net.

ravery@hcnonline.com

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