Shorthanded Maidens hold their own at Pine Tree invite

Jacksonville senior Lizbeth Escareno gets set to put her foot into the ball during a recent Fightin' Maiden match. The Maidens won two of their three matches in the Pine Tree Invitational over the weekend, knocking off Sulphur Springs and Spring Hill, by 2-0 scores.

LONGVIEW — With five players sidelined by various injuries, the Jacksonville Fightin' Maidens went into the Pine Tree Invitational late last week without many of their weapons.

The team stepped up, nevertheless, and won two of three matches to improved to 4-2-1 on the year.

Jacksonville chalked up shut out wins over Sulphur Springs and over Spring Hill, by identical, 2-0, counts.

The teams' loss came at the hands of Texarkana Texas High, with the Lady Tigers prevailing, 3-1.

“It was a good showing for our girls this (past) weekend,” Jacksonville head girls soccer coach Colten McCown said. “With the injuries, a lot of our young girls (got) quality minutes.

“At this point in the season, I think we are playing at a much higher level than I anticipated.”

Jacksonville has an open date on Tuesday, but will host Chapel Hill at 7 p.m. Friday in the home opener.

A junior varsity match between the two schools will preceded the varsity affair.

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