When the Lake Dallas women’s soccer team met the Wichita Falls Rider in a Class 5A bi-district playoff last season, the Lady Falcons scored the game’s first goal before the Lady Raiders rallied for a 3-1 victory.
The same two teams met on Monday night at the cold Falcon Stadium in the first game of the season for both teams. This time it was Rider who set the tone. The Lady Raiders took a three-goal halftime lead – an advantage Rider never gave up in a 5-1 win.
“It was a mental game on our part,” said Nathan Davis, head coach of Lake Dallas. “Our three goals in the first half were mental mistakes on our part. Our daughters must be ready to play. Their five goals were mental mistakes.
“I thought we overplayed them most of the time. We moved the ball well. We had some good opportunities. We just don’t have enough to sync. If we can stop the mental mistakes, we can win a lot of games.
The Lady Falcons’ only source of offense came from senior striker Chelsea Vilca.
Vilca, who led Lake Dallas in scoring last season with 19 goals, finally put the Lady Falcons on the scoreboard with 32:23 left in the second half. Benefiting from a turnaround from Rider at the back of their side of the pitch, Vilca received a pass and buried a 12-foot shot in front of the Lady Raider goalkeeper to reduce the deficit to 3-1.
“The goal she scored was patience,” said Davis. “She had a ball come to her and she took her time and placed the ball without having to kill it. She put it in a place the goalie couldn’t get it.
Vilca’s goal brought a sense of relief to the Lady Falcons, who were shut out in each of their two pre-season scrimmages – losing 1-0 to Little Elm and 2-0 to Argyle. Davis called the Eagles’ two goals against the Lady Falcons “bangers” and “there was nothing we could do about it.”
Rider regained control soon after, scoring two goals in under five minutes to take a 5-1 lead.