Jacksonville High School's girls soccer team posted it first win of the year — a 7-0 thrashing of Tatum — and went on to win second place in the Hallsville Tournament, which took place late last week at Bobcat Stadium.
Freshman Stephanie Ruiz drove in three goals to spark the Maidens (1-6-1) to victory.
Adding single goals for Jacksonville were Lindsay Green, Rachel Stirneman, Lindsay Johnston and Alaina Verhelle.
Bea Romero, Mia Ziedan and Ruiz had two assists apiece.
Jacksonville led 4-0 at halftime.
Callie Reagan worked the net for the Maidens and chalked up the clean sheet victory.
“It was nice to see several of our freshmen step up in this match,” Jacksonville head coach, Kiff Wiemers, said. “I think it was a growing moment for us as a team.”
Earlier Friday, Jacksonville tied John Tyler, 0-0, in what was the third meeting between the two clubs this season.
In Saturday's championship, Jacksonville was clipped, 1-0, by Sulphur Springs.
The only score of the game came on an own goal by Jacksonville.
Defensive stopper Gentry Hammons and center midfielder Stirneman, were named to the All-Tournament team at the conclusion of the event.
“I think we came out of the tournament with more confidence and that we were a better team at the end of the weekend, than we were before the tournament started,” Wiemers said.
JUNIOR VARSITY — The Maiden sub-varsity were defeated by Palestine, 2-1, in the consolation final on Saturday. Palestine jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and made it stick the rest of the way.
On Friday, Jacksonville got a goal from Alyssa Villanueva to jump out to a 1-0 lead in a match against Sulphur Springs. Unfortunately Sulphur Springs stormed back in the final half to defeat the Maidens, 3-1.