The Los Fresnos Lady Falcons’ season came to an end in a 4-1 loss to No. 2 Round Rock High in a Class 6A regional semifinal Tuesday in Beeville.
Lady Falcons coach Diego Luna said the Lady Dragons were a big, physical team and that their talent level was evident from the start. Luna was proud of the way his team continued to fight despite playing behind a large deficit and is excited about what this experience can do for some youngsters.
“As soon as the game started, those girls were very physical,” Luna said. “They used their bodies very well, and they were physical competing for contested balls. We couldn’t match that throughout the game. My girls tried to body up against their girls, but when you’re going against eight Division I players, they’re massive. The physicality of the game was in their favor, and I think that was the difference in the game.”
Round Rock claimed a 3-0 advantage in the first half. Luna said two of the goals were unstoppable rockets from 30 yards out. Los Fresnos got on the board by way of an own goal. Ashley Esparza collided with a Lady Dragons defender and the goalkeeper going up for a free kick, and the defender deflected the ball into the goal with her head.
Despite the score and Round Rock “dominating” from the jump, the Lady Falcons fought hard until the final buzzer.
“I’m looking at every girl and I can see that they don’t have a face of defeat, they’re not putting their heads down. They’re ready to go for another 40 minutes. That’s what stood out for me,” Luna said. “Toward the end of the second half, even though we didn’t have the body to match up with them, I felt like we bumped up our physical play to the point that we were being the aggressor, especially the last 15 minutes of the game. It was already 4-1, we knew they’d win, but my girls kept playing. That was a positive.”