For 60 minutes Alvarado's girls soccer team played a great District 15-4A opening match against Joshua.
The Lady Indians forged a 1-0 lead against the Lady Owls and appeared on the way to beating Joshua.
“We played a great 60 minutes,” Alvarado girls soccer coach Ryan O'Donnell said. “I was told by a few people this was the first time that we have had a lead against Joshua.”
But things didn't last.
Joshua scored three times in the last 20 minutes of the game to defeat the Indians 3-0 Friday at Charles Head Stadium.
“The bad thing about Friday night was that we have to play 80 minutes,” O'Donnell said. “We had a letdown. It was a tough loss. It was an important district game.”
The game was made that much more important because Hillsboro has dropped its girls soccer program ,meaning District 15-4A has just five teams in Alvarado, Cleburne, Granbury, Joshua and Venus.
Since four teams from the district will make the playoffs, each match is even more crucial for seeding in the playoffs.
Friday night, freshman forward Bethany Presley scored the Lady Indians' lone goal.
Presley and fellow freshman midfielder/forward Jeneva Moreno each had scoring opportunities in the game.
Alvarado had Tuesday night off; it was the night the Lady Indians were slated to play Hillsboro.
The Lady Indians return to district action Tuesday night hosting Granbury at 7:15 p.m.
Alvarado's first 15-4A road match will be Feb. 21 at Venus at 7:15 p.m.