Apr 10, 2013 11:11 PM by Drew Collins - firstname.lastname@example.org
BEEVILLE - For most soccer teams, having just 13 players on the roster and even playing some games a player down, winning would be hard to come by. The Beeville Lady Trojans aren't like most teams.
In several games this season, the Lady Trojans didn't have the option to "sub out", because there wasn't any "subs".
"It's all just heart," midfielder Tori Munoz said. "Heart, pride and hustle. It all comes from within you."
The team is filled with seniors that have gone through coaching changes, injuries, and many other setbacks that could test their determination. But this group is different; they have shown a maturity level that is without-a-doubt impressive. Taylor Castillo, the Lady Trojans center defender, has already earned her associate degree from college.
"You can actually push yourself further than sports and do two things at one time," Castillo said. "I also wanted to prove to myself that I could actually accomplish something like this."
Castillo is the school's valedictorian and her teammates aren't far behind, most of the group is in the top ten percent of their class. So they're smart, and they play for each other.
"We've been playing with each other for practically our whole lives," forward Victoria Elizalde said. "Club soccer we played together. We've just been together so long, we're like family."
The family hopes to keep playing together past the region tournament. In order to do that, they'll have to beat the team that knocked them out of the playoffs a year ago in a 4-0 defeat. Cedar Park.
"We're just going to try to play our game, everybody be on top of it," center midfielder Heather McKinney said. "We're going to try and take them out of their rhythm and come out on top."
We'll find out Friday night. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. at Cabaniss Field.
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