The Cedar Park girls’ soccer team is starting to hit its stride.
The Lady Timberwolves beat Georgetown 3-0 on Tuesday night, extending their streak to 10 games since their last loss. With just three games left in the season, Cedar Park is tied with Rouse atop the District 19-5A standings.
“I told them at the beginning that my expectation was that we were going to start slow,” head coach Jeff Gamble said. “The expectation by the time we get to playoffs is that we’re going to be a good playoff team and they’re falling right along with that pattern.”
Bella Granada and Jewell Resseguie each scored a goal in the first half to give Cedar Park a 2-0 lead.
Texas State-bound junior Ainsley Forbes scored the third goal for Cedar Park with under 15 minutes left in the game.
The season started slowly for the Lady Timberwolves with losses to Rockwall-Heath, Prosper and Round Rock during the pre-district schedule and a loss to Rouse early in district play. Since then, Cedar Park hasn’t lost.
The Lady Timberwolves have outscored their opponents 43-5 in that span.
“We didn’t have a lot of returners from last year or returners came back in different positions,” Gamble said. “And they were learning a new formation. The girls are great players, they just weren’t very experienced players.”
Forward Maria Rico got off to a hot start this season, scoring almost 20 goals in the first half of season. She’s been sidelined with an injury for the last eight games.
Almost as soon as Rico went down with her injury, Resseguie — the reigning District 19-5A Offensive MVP and a St. Edward’s University commit — started scoring at a rapid clip, tallying in excess of 20 goals since then.
Defensively, the Lady Timberwolves are the best team in the league. Even in playing an unorthodox three-back formation, Cedar Park has given up eight goals through 13 district games and have eight shutouts on the year.
“Our goal as a team is to win district and get to the regional tournament,” Gamble said. “I told them not to let the early challenges and struggles bother you because once we get to that point in the year, we’re going to be in a position to do that.”
The Lady Timberwolves travel to face off with Connally Friday night at 7 p.m. They then host Hutto on March 20 and finish the regular season at Elgin on March. 23.
He admits there have been some pressure-packed moments against Cedar Creek, Tuesday’s game against Georgetown and is expecting a tough game after Spring Break when they face off with Lady Hippos.
But Cedar Park controls its own destiny.
“We basically have to win out (to win a district title),” Gamble said. “When you have to win four or five games in a row, that’s hard to do. But we’re on the right track and so far so good.”