Soccer: Medellin lifts Maidens to 4-2 win over John Tyler

Jacksonville's starters pose gathered for a pre-match photo on Tuesday night at the Historic Tomato Bowl. The team then went out and recorded a 4-2 win over John Tyler.

Michelle Medellin scored two goals and picked up an assist as Jacksonville evened its conference record at 1-1 on Tuesday night at the Historic Tomato Bowl by doubling up John Tyler, 4-2.

Karla Yanez and Taylor Gutierrez also scored for Jacksonville, who is now 6-5-1 overall.

Gutierrez collected an assist for the Maidens, as did Baleria Balderas and Priscilla Gallegos.

This has not been an season, by any means, for the Jacksonville girls. In addition to several key injuries, the squad has been faced with a number of challenges.

“We have had a lot of girls that have missed games due to injury,” Jacksonville head girls soccer coach Colten McCown said. “We have lost a starter due to personal reasons, and with all the recent adversity that we have faced, the girls showed a lot of character and mental toughness (on Tuesday).

“The team's positive attitude was fueled by our captains, Kelsy Traylor, Brandi Diaz and Amy Moreira.”

Traylor, Diaz and Moreira are seniors.

A sophomore also stepped up and made her presence known on the pitch as well.

“Shania Hernandez, one of our defenders played well,” McCown said.

Seeing her first varsity action of the season, Hernandez played a full 80 minutes.

The triumph allowed Jacksonville, who will travel to Marshall on Friday, to put to rest a three-game losing streak.

JUNIOR VARSITY: Jacksonville and John Tyler tied, 1-1, in the sub-varsity match. Aly Toledo scored for the Maidens, with Lizeth Ramirez being credited with an assist.




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