Lady Panthers Rock Lady Dragons

Playing against one of their biggest rivals in their own tournament, the Lufkin Lady Panthers left no doubt in the opener of the showcase, steamrolling the Nacogdoches Lady Dragons in an 11-1 victory at Jase Magers Soccer Field on Thursday afternoon.

Julissa Muniz poured in four goals while Katelyn Knowles added a hat trick to pace Lufkin.

Muniz set the tone with a goal in the first five minutes of the game off an assist from Knowles and the Lady Panthers never looked back on their way to their second win of the season.

Following their first goal of the game, the Lady Panthers hit their stride 10 minutes later when they scored three goals in a six-minute span.

Muniz started that flurry with another goal before Knowles scored off an assist from Suzi Youssef less than a minute later.

Abby Horn made it 4-0 on a goal midway through the first half.

Nacogdoches momentarily stopped that momentum with a goal that made it 4-1 before Lufkin erased all doubt with a flurry of three goals in a three-minute span.

Youssef started the run with a goal, Muiz finished off her hat trick and Horn added her second goal to make the score 7-1 with five minutes left in the first half.

In the second half, Ashley Walker got in on the scoring act and Muniz added her fourth goal of the game to make it 9-1.

Knowles finished off her own hat trick before Kara Peikert scored a goal to make the final a double-digit margin.

Lufkin improved to 2-2-1 on the season with the win.

The Lady Panthers will continue their own tournament today as they take on Burleson at 6 p.m. at Jase Magers Soccer Field.

In other varsity action on Friday, Longview plays Oak Ridge at noon, Nacogdoches faces Hudson at 2 p.m. and Jacksonville meets Tyler Lee at 4 p.m. Those games will be played at Jase Magers Soccer Field.

In JV action at John Outlaw Memorial Field at Abe Martin Stadium, Lufkin plays Tyler Lee at noon, Jacksonville and Longview meet at 2 p.m. and Nacogdoches faces Hudson at 4 p.m.

In JV action at the Lady Pack Showcase, the Lady Panthers dropped a 1-0 decision to the Longview Lady Lobos.

In varsity action at the Longview tournament, the Lufkin Panthers allowed a first-half goal and were unable to rally as they dropped a 1-0 decision to Forney.

Lufkin (1-3-0) will continue the Lobo Invitational at 5:15 p.m. today as it faces John Tyler. The Panthers will face Kilgore on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.

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