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March 21, 2014

35-4A Soccer: Chambless, Cruz, Ruiz score in Maidens' latest victory

CENTER —

A coach will accept, and be grateful for, a win even in cases where it came about in an unusual fashion.

Jacksonville got goals from a defensive player that was shifted over to the offensive side at the last minute, a sweeper and a freshman to defeat Center, 3-1, on Tuesday evening at Roughrider Stadium.

Jacksonville, who moved above .500 for the first time this season with the victory, will take an overall slate of 8-7-2 (7-2-1 District 35-4A) into a bi-district matchup with either Brenham or College Station. That match will be played on either Monday or Tuesday at a location to be determined.

Brenham and College Station are slated to play this evening and if Brenham doesn't beat College Station by three or more goals the Cubs and the Fightin' Maidens will go toe-to-toe in bi-district.

Kennison Chambless got the Maidens on the board first in the win over the Lady Riders by punching the ball across the line in the 34th minute, giving jacksonville a 1-0 advantage.

“Center was a much improved team, I will give them credit for that,” Jacksonville head girls soccer coach, Kiff Weimers, said. “I felt like we had to make something happen, so I moved Kennison (Chambless) from sweeper to a forward position on offense and she did exactly what we needed her to do.”

The Maidens led 2-0 at halftime after Kim Cruz, who took over for Chambless as sweeper, booted the ball about 40 yards for a long distance score.

Lindsey Green got the assist on the play.

The Lady 'Riders came out and scored what turned out to be their only point of the match on a chip shot that took place in the 56th minute of play.

Freshman Stephanie Ruiz found the back of the net from the right side in the 65th minute on an assists from Rachel Stirneman that accounted for the Maidens' final point.

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