The Guyer Lady Wildcats earned their first 7-5A district win as they broke out offensively with an 8-0 win over Saginaw on Friday night.
Coming off losses to Coppell and Justin Northwest where it only scored one goal combined, Guyer (9-2-2, 1-2-1) was able to prolong a heavy offensive attack with sustained ball control that led to shots from every angle.
"Even in the games that we lost, we had a ton of chances. We have kind of gone through a bad spell and it happened to be at the beginning of the season," said Guyer head coach Kenny Blevins. "We are solid all over the place. I think it's just a matter of them believing every single time that we can get this done."
Freshman Hannah Alspach opened the scoring with a hard-working, crash-the-net goal after the opening five minutes of the game yielded an abundant amount of shots that missed by less than five feet.
Minutes later, senior Jordan McPhail scored one of her two goals on the night thanks to some gritty work in the offensive zone by teammates Jasmine Heffley and Danielle Deats. Heffley received a slide-tackle pass from Deats, who sent a chest-high shot on goal. The Saginaw goalkeeper made the stop, but the rebound was spit back out to the left, where McPhail was waiting to drill it into the back of the net.
With 30 seconds left in the first half, Guyer junior Lindsy Schafer fought through several attempted Saginaw tackles, inching toward the goal while never losing possession. Finally, with her back to the goal, she turned around and sent a 6-yard shot to the lower right-hand corner of the goal to give the Lady Wildcats the momentum and a three-goal lead heading into halftime.
"It was great," Blevins said. "She just kept fighting in there. Believe me, that third goal is always really important. A two-goal lead is not very comfortable. A three-goal lead and you think that you've got something going. The most dangerous lead in soccer is two goals."
Guyer capitalized on that momentum at the start of the second half as Schafer scored just three minutes in. She stole a Saginaw pass that rattled off a defender, and sent a low shot past the frozen goalkeeper.
Less than a minute had elapsed after Guyer took a 4-0 lead when senior Jennifer Murer scored one of her two goals on the night off another forced turnover in the Saginaw defensive zone.
Heffley added a goal with four minutes left in the game to cap off five-goal second half on the way to the 8-0 victory.
"It makes them very confident," Blevins said. "It's actually something where I try to do everything I can to back things off. We took all of our starters out at the very beginning of the second half. They were having a bad day and I've been on that side of the field before."