Hanna, perhaps hardest hit by graduation among the citys schools, returns six starters from its 15 5 3 squad of last season that became the first Brownsville girls team to advance to the Region IV 5A Tournament.
this is your year thats going to count, and we can beat Harlingen South, " Nina Gonzalez said. "Thats my goal."
Almazan and Jennifer Garcia were first team all district choices last season and Guerrero shared honors as the newcomer of the year in 32 5A.
The Lady Raiders made it to the playoffs in 2003 for only the second time in the history of girls soccer at Rivera.
Here is a team by team preview for 2004:
The biggest challenge for the Lady Lobos will come against Harlingen South, once again the team favored to win District 32 4A. The Lady Hawks won the district last season and went 26 1 en route to finishing one game shy of the state tournament. Most of Souths players from 2003 return this season.
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Other lettermen back from a year ago include forward midfielder Olga Cabido and defenders Johanna Gonzalez and Evelin Velasco.
Lopez is one of several Brownsville area girls soccer teams welcoming back a majority of its starters from last season. Pace, Porter and Rivera also return good numbers of experienced players.
The 2004 season kicks off this week.
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The group includes forwards Norma Almazan and Melissa Guerrero, midfielders Miriam Hernandez, Diane Flores and Laura Garcia, defenders Dalinda Cisneros and Terry Garcia along with goalkeepers Perla Camacho and Jennifer Garcia.
Along with Hannas historic march to San Antonio, other highlights of 2003 girls soccer in Brownsville included Rivera and Lopez also qualifying for the playoffs, while Pace and Porter came close to making the postseason for the first time.
"I believe we can have a good season, but I cant get too excited until the grades come out (and we see who passed)," Mata said. "Thats one thing you learn about coaching."
Pace was one of the few Valley teams not scheduled to play in a tournament this weekend. Instead, the Lady Vikings were scheduled to open their season at home tonight against Mercedes.
Most of the area teams open their season at the McAllen Tournament beginning Friday.
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Lopez girls coach Nina Gonzalez looks out over the soccer field and sees all the familiar faces.
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LOPEZ LADY LOBOSVasquez and Silvia Garza were first team all district performers in 2003, while Anais Gonzalez and Silva also received all district honors.
"Its going to be one of our better years," said Gonzalez, who is beginning her sixth season as the Lady Lobos head coach.
"Weve had a tendency to kick the ball out there and let the best girl go get it and try to move it over," Nina Gonzalez said. "This year Im going with a more controlled midfield game with more controlled passes."
Another strong showing by area girls teams could be in store for 2004. Also, there is a new team Los Fresnos set to enter the mix in District 32 4A.
The Lopez coach lists her top newcomers as midfielders Mercy Cavazos and Maricela Ybarra, forward San Juanita Gutierrez, goalkeepers Beatriz Leal and Tatiana Trevino along with defenders Brenda Cortez and Cynthia Ramirez.
the mix are Sarah Vorris and Karla Vanessa Salinas.
Lopez opens its season tonight at home against Edcouch Elsa.
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Pace battled Rivera down the stretch in District 32 5A last season only to come up short as the Lady Raiders prevailed for the conferences third place playoff spot. It Prada Cahier Velvet Shoulder Bag may be hard to keep the Lady Vikings out of the postseason this year as a solid group of experienced players returns for coach Valentin Mata.
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