On Saturday of Labor Day weekend, the Lady Hot Dogs hosted their yearly 4-team invitational consisting of Rossville, Tri-Central and Western. To kick off the tournament the Lady Hot Dogs took on County Rival Rossville in the first game. It didn’t take long for the Lady Dogs to get on the board when Liz Cruz Sandoval scored the first goal of the game 6 minutes in giving the Dogs an early 1-0 advantage.
The Dogs had a few more opportunities that just missed but got on the board again when Maria Alanis scored off a rebound of her own shot that popped up and over the Hornet goalie leaving the net wide open for Maria to easily kick it in. The Lady Dogs and the Hornets traded a few more shots before the half ended but both goalies kept the ball out of the net. The half-time score was 2-0 in favor of the Hot Dogs.
It took a while in the second half for the Lady Dogs to find the back of the net but it wasn’t for a lack of opportunity with a few shots sailing just over the crossbar or off the side support. It took a great pass by Liz connecting with Carolyne Morales to get the 3rd goal of the game with about 16 minutes left to play.
Maria ended the scoring for the game with 8 minutes to go scoring her 2nd goal of the match; giving the Lady Hot Dogs their margin of victory 4-0. With the win, it put the ladies in the Championship game for the first time in the past 3 tournaments (5 years total with 2 of the years the tournament being rained out).
In the Championship game, the Lady Hot Dogs would face the Western Panthers, one of the best 2A teams in the state (16th in the last poll). The Lady Hot Dogs played well but the Panthers possessed the ball well and broke through for their first goal 10 minutes into the game.
The Panthers seemed to do what they wanted with the ball and the Hot Dog Defense couldn’t do a lot to win possession back however goalie Jessie Ramos did a great job making some difficult saves giving her team a chance until a foul was called in the box giving the Panthers a Penalty Kick which found the back of the net for a 2-0 lead 14 minutes into the game.
The Panthers would get another goal midway through the first half to extend their lead to 3-0 with 20 minutes to play. The Hot Dog defense picked up and managed to make a few runs into their offensive half but only managed a single shot in the first half. The halftime score was 3-0 in favor of the #16 Panthers.
In the second half, it didn’t take long for the Panthers to extend their league with a 4th goal 4 minutes into the half. However, the last Panther goal came with 17 minutes left to play. With about 13 minutes left to play the Hot Dogs were called for another foul in the box giving the Panthers a 2nd PK of the game, this time however Hot Dog goalie Jessie Ramos made the save. On the day Jessie & Lizbeth Barriga totaled 14 saves (Jessie with 11 and Lizbeth with 3). While Jessie allowed 1 PK and stopping another. Both ended up making some tough saves and played great in the goal against such a quality opponent.
The final score ended up being #16 Panthers 5 Hot Dogs 0. The loss dropped the Lady Dogs to 2-1-1 on the season. Next up for the Lady Dogs is Sheridan at home on Wednesday.
Stats for the Day (Season total)
Maria Alanis 2 (4)
Liz Cruz Sandoval 1 (6)
Carolyne Morales 1 (2)
Liz Cruz Sandoval 1 (1)
Jessie Ramos 17 (25)
Lizbeth Barriga 3 (4)