Seven Lakes has big goals, undeterred by loss to Lake Travis

By Tyler Tyre, Sports Editor
Posted 1/15/22

“I’m so proud of the whole group and the way they trusted themselves and the process,” Edison said. “They executed the gameplan and did that they needed to do. Lake Travis is a great team but we showed some good things today that we can definitely build on.”

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Seven Lakes has big goals, undeterred by loss to Lake Travis

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Seven Lakes put together the toughest non-district schedule they could find.

The Spartans have big goals this year and they know that to get where they want to go, they need to face the best.

The Spartans took that into the I-10 shootout, where they played one of the hardest brackets a team could go through, first playing Bellaire, then Seven Lakes, before following it up against Lake Travis in the Spartan bracket final.

“I’m proud of these girls for the whole weekend and everything they accomplished,” said Seven Lakes head coach Kaitlyn Edison. “It’s hard to play three good teams in a row when it’s back to back to back, but we did that. We wanted the toughest bracket and we wanted hard games. It taught us a lot to go through that.”

The Spartans 2-0 and 2-1 in their first two games of the tournament, leading to them taking on one of the best teams in the state in Lake Travis. The two teams battled and ended up scoreless through full time, leading to a penalty shootout. The Cavalier’s came away victorious through penalties, winning 5-3 to take home the Spartan bracket crown.

The players and coaches at Seven Lakes came away feeling more confident in their team than ever following the loss, knowing they held a high-powered offense at bay for 80 minutes and were able to execute the gameplan.

“It gives us so much confidence,” said junior goalkeeper Maddie Rich. “This is a really good team and we were very fortunate to be able to play against them, especially before we get to district. It’s good competition to be able to play against a great team and making it to PK’s and playing the way we did. It was a fun experience for me and for all of us.”

Seven Lakes had to play strong defense in the first half, as they battled both Lake Travis and a strong wind. The team played good team defense and the back four held strong, with Rich making a couple of huge saved to keep things level as well.

“I’m so proud of the whole group and the way they trusted themselves and the process,” Edison said. “They executed the gameplan and did that they needed to do. Lake Travis is a great team but we showed some good things today that we can definitely build on.”

The Spartans opened thing up in the second half and were able to make good things happen both in possession and when they broke free on the counterattack, but ultimately, the team was unable to come away with a goal. From there, Lake Travis won it on penalties.

“Today really just helped to teach us how to keep our composure throughout the game and overcoming adversity, whether that be the wind conditions or other things,” Rich said. “All the factors that went into today, playing on a wider field and everything. You just have to adjust to the game and progress. It’s going to help us play with more speed and help with adjusting whenever we need to.”

The Spartans expect to compete for a district championship and know they will have to bring their best everyday, especially in such a tough district, and are preparing for every teams best.

“It’s one of the best district is the state, everyone in Katy is strong and competitive. We just really learned what we needed to improve on throughout non-district and we learned our strengths. If we know our strengths and continue to improve on our weaknesses, we will have a great year.”

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