By: JUANITA MALDONADO
(DONNA) – On Friday night, the wind was blowing and the rain was coming down.
Meanwhile, everyone was staying nice and warm inside their homes.
Well, most everyone that is.
The Donna High Bravettes girls’ soccer team wasn’t about to let the weather stop them from playing the beautiful game of soccer. Especially since the game was on their home turf.
Coming into Friday night’s game, Donna High was looking forward to obtaining their second district win of the season against the Edcouch Elsa Lady Yellow Jackets.
And sure enough, they were able to accomplish that very feat.
In the first half of the game, the home team came out strong on both defense and offense.
On defense, the Bravettes held the Lady Jackets to only three shots on goal.
Offensively, Donna High made sure to get on the scoreboard as soon as they possibly could. With four minutes into the game, Fabiola Gomez gave her team a 1-0 lead.
It wasn’t long before her goal that the Lady Jackets responded back with a goal of their own to make the game 1-1 to end the half.
In the second half of the game, the Bravettes struggled a bit on defense and on offense because the Lady Jackets picked up their momentum by dominating the second half as they had eight shots on goal.
However, the Bravettes goalie Maria Reza was a beast in the nets as she saved a lot of those shots.
Donna’s defense managed to hold the Lady Jackets in check in the second half to end the game at 1-1.
A winner had to be determined. So the next step was to go to penalty kicks.
Both teams took five penalty kicks and out of those five, the Lady Jackets made two.
As for the Bravettes, they countered with two as they were scored by Bianca Sanchez and Maritza Miranda.
With the penalty kick round tied up at two, another five kickers were chosen to take more penalty kicks.
In the end, Lamar Lopez nailed the winning kick to give Donna High a 4-3 victory.
“It feels really good to know that I had that winning penalty kick, especially because I am just a freshman,” said Lopez. “This win shows that we worked really hard for this and it just comes to showing that we are not going to let anyone beat us on our home field.”
The Bravettes now push their record to 2-0 in district play and will shift their focus on Brownsville Lopez on Tuesday.