Lobos win soccer tournament championship

Marisela Lugo
The Uvalde Lobos are the champions of West Columbia High School’s Highway 36 Classic soccer tournament. Members of the team are (front row, left to right) Victoria Martinez, Ahlaynah Barrientos, Alyssa Rivera, Andrea Perez, Kasidy Hernandez, Fiona White, Balerie Muñoz, Diana Monsivais, Jaelynn Rivera, Isis Chapa, (back row) Makayla Rivera, Veronika Jimenez, Nataly Villa, Jaqueline Rodriguez-Mendez, Faith Baker, Jaqueline Cardenas, Addison Pendleton, Coach Keith Pendleton, Alexandra Maldonado, Hailey Pargas, Andie Amaya, Nixon Havelka, Jayden Pulido, and Miranda Carreon.

The Uvalde Lobos are the champions of West Columbia High School’s Highway 36 Classic soccer tournament.

They beat the Beeville Jones Trojans, 1-0, in the title game played Saturday afternoon.

With eight minutes left in a defensive contest, Ahlaynah Barrientos scored the game-winning goal off of an assist by Faith Baker.

“The championship match topped off a great weekend for our girls,” said Uvalde High School’s head coach Keith Pendleton.

For the Lobos, it was their fourth win of the three-day tournament.

The UHS girls advanced to the finals of the event by winning a couple of matches last Friday.

They bested the Stafford Spartans, 4-0, and then beat the Port Lavaca Calhoun Sandies, 3-0.

Against Stafford, Kasidy Hernandez recorded two unassisted goals, while Balerie Muñoz scored one unassisted goal.

Hernandez and Muñoz each were selected to the all-tournament team.

Uvalde’s other goal against Stafford came on a successful penalty kick by Jaqueline Cardenas. 

In the match against PLC, Ahlaynah Barrientos scored two goals.

She received an assist from Jaqueline Rodriguez-Mendez on one goal and an assist from Kasidy Hernandez on the other goal.

Hernandez scored on an unassisted goal.

In their tourney opener last Thursday, the Lobos racked up a 5-0 triumph over the Rosenberg Terry Rangers.

Ahlaynah Barrientos, Fiona White, Isis Chapa, Balerie Muñoz, and Victoria Martinez each scored a goal.

Kasidy Hernandez, Jaqueline Rodriguez-Mendez, and Natalie Villa each posted an assist in the match.

Defensively, the UHS girls chalked up four shutout victories in the soccer tournament as they outscored their opponents by a score of 13-0.

Standouts for the Lobos back line were Jaqueline Cardenas, Alexandra Maldonado, Victoria Martinez, and Nataly Villa.

“They played every minute of all four games in some combination of three,” said Coach Pendleton. “They did a tremendous job of making it extremely difficult for opposing players to get quality shots off.”

With her four tourney shutouts, UHS goal keeper Addison Pendleton upped her shut-out record to seven for the season.

“She has played 245 out of 270 minutes as goal keeper and has recorded seven saves,” said Pendleton. 

“Miranda Carreon has played the rest of the time for us and has posted two saves.”

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