Hempstead sophomore Alejandra Valle breaks away from three Columbus players and heads down field in the Ladycats’ 3-1 win at home last week. HHS is 6-10-1 overall and 5-6 in District 20-4A play heading into the final stretch of the regular season. (Hempstead ISD Communications)
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HEMPSTEAD — Winning their first district game in program history against Harmony back in late January was just the starting point for the 2021 Hempstead girls soccer team.

The Ladycats continue to build from that monumental win and have since won four more league games to sit 6- 10-1 overall and 5-6 in District 20-4A play.

Hempstead will host Navasota and Harmony this week before closing the regular season at Columbus. For dates and times, visit hempsteadisd.org as COVID-19 may affect the schedule.

HHS is coming off a three-game winning streak last week that started at Rice Consolidated (3-0) and Royal (2-1) and ended with a 3-1 home win against Columbus.

Hempstead first-year head coach Amanda Brandt applauds her team for their play during a tough stretch of the season.

“I am so proud of these girls,” the coach said. “They didn’t come out as strong as I would have liked (against Columbus), but they never gave up. They battled through the entire game. It was a very physical game and the girls hung in there. They finished strong.”

The Ladycats turned the tide against Royal after dropping their first league meeting, 4-1. It took a shoot-out to beat Rice (4-3) in round one but Hempstead’s defense held the Eagles scoreless in their second match.

Sophomores Natalie Lopez and Alejandra Valle picked up goals in the Royal rematch. Lopez scored her first goal of the season while Valle found the back of the net with 16 seconds left to play to seal the win.

“The girls played really well in those two matches (Rice and Royal),” Brandt said. “We are building a culture here and to be part of something like this is amazing.”

The coach credits the program’s newfound success to the team becoming a close-knit group.

“This team has truly embraced each other like a family unit,” Brandt said. “I have emphasized to the girls that we need to stay positive on and off the field. I hope that they are not only experiencing success on the soccer field but that they are experiencing success in life.”

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