HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER

Cedar Park beats Rouse as regular season winds down

The Lady Timberwolves beat the Lady Raiders in both meetings this season

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Cedar Park coach Jeff Gamble has been telling sophomore Breland Muniga that’s she’s been too careful with her shots this season.  

He saw a change in practice this week, and she had plenty of spice on her shots on Friday night. 

Muniga scored two goals, including the game-winning goal, to help Cedar Park rally from an early deficit and beat Rouse 4-1 on the road. It’s the seance time this season the Lady Timberwolves have beaten their Leander ISD rivals. 

“This team is tenacious,” Gamble said. “They’re fighters and they cover miles and I always say that they are box-to-box beasts. We win enough 50-50 ball and possess the ball enough that if we get down towards goal, we’re going to get our chances.”

Rouse went on the front foot to start the game. The Lady Raiders broke through 15 minutes in when senior Delaney Carrell scored a looping headed off a corner kick from freshman Ally Brown. 

“We want to start out aggressive from the beginning and try and shut them down,” Rouse head coach Katie Marek said. “We talked about a few things changing moving forward and they really helped us in what we're trying to do. Once we started utilizing it, it was working.”

Cedar Park jumped on a poor clearance from Rouse, and Mungia launched a 25-yard shot to the top score to tie the game about six minutes before the half. 

The Lady Timberwolves were helped by a strong wind that picked up in the second half. Mungia finished off her brace when she poked in a rebound about 10 minutes after the break. 

Maria Rico added tot he lead with a shot from outside the box three minutes later. Gamble said Rico the team’s leading scorer and is nearing the 20 goal threshold in her senior season with the Lady Timberwolves. 

Junior Bella Granada sealed the game for Cedar Park after a scramble in front of the goal with less than 10 minutes left. 

“You try to match energy with energy, and if you don’t, you can find yourself down a couple of goals really quick,” Gamble said. “But I’ve never had a problem with that all year. Early on, the younger kids were passive, and we’ve gotten over that.”

Rouse is at district-leading Pflugerville next Tuesday and finishes the regular season at home against Dripping Springs. Cedar Park hosts Marble Falls on Tuesday and finishes the year at Connally on Friday. 

The playoffs begin the final weekend in March. 

“We’re not a finished product,” Gamble said. “We know where our weaknesses are and we want to get stronger.” 

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