Forced to play without the services of four starters, three of which were out with the flu and another s injured, the Jacksonville Fightin' Maiden soccer team struggled against a formidable Lufkin Ladypack team that was able to score a 9-0 rout over the Maidens on Friday night at the Tomato Bowl.
The season-opening match was played before an estimated crowd of 500 who braved steady showers at the start of the match.
“Lufkin is just so strong,” Jacksonville head coach, Kiff Wiemers said. “We have never beaten them in the past five years, and it certainly didn't help our chances by playing shorthanded. If there ever was a time that we needed everyone, it would be against Lufkin.”
The Ladypack scored on their first possession of the game, getting a goal from about 16 yards out, left side, with 39:17 showing on the clock in the opening half.
Lufkin would add four additional scores in the segment to take a 5-0 lead into the break.
The Ladypack went on to add four tallies in the final period, three of which came from point-blank range as the Jacksonville defensive was hampered by not having the services of its sweeper, Kennison Chambless (illness).
Lufkin's final score came with 1:20 to play in the match.
The Ladypack registered 28 shots on goal to one by Jacksonville.
Maiden goalkeeper Callie Reagan came up with 17 saves on the night.
Jacksonville will continue its home stand on Tuesday when Henderson's Lady Lions come into the Tomato Bowl for a 7 p.m. match.