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Crosby Girl’s Soccer Faces Their Biggest Challenge

Crosby’s girl’s soccer program is coming off of two playoff stints. They would like to keep the playoff streak alive and are currently batting for the final playoff spot. Head Coach Trevor Burgess and his girls need to overcome a big hurdle with their matchups that round out the season. The team is still confident they can get the job done and tells us how they can make it happen.

Crosby’s girl’s soccer program is coming off of two playoff stints. They would like to keep the playoff streak alive and are currently batting for the final playoff spot. Head Coach Trevor Burgess and his girls need to overcome a big hurdle with their matchups that round out the season. The team is still confident they can get the job done and tells us how they can make it happen.

Crosby had some freshman come out this season that will make an immediate impact on the program with one of them even cracking the varsity roster. Erika Malveaux steps into varsity soccer with virtually no experience, but her natural athletic ability made her a no brainer for the team. “She’s getting better and better every week, she’s done very well,” Coach Burgess said. “This is my first year and I love it. My brother and my sister have been doing soccer for a while and I felt like it was a family thing so I wanted to keep it going,” Malveaux said.

The tournament season saw the Lady Cougars travel to the PNG-Indian and Spring Branch ISD tournament. “Those were big time learning experiences for us,” Coach Burgess admitted. Last season the program graduated 16 seniors out of the 18-team roster. “We had a rough go in the beginning but we learned and got better each game so each time we were improving and getting used to each other,” he continued.

In district last year the Lady Cougars finished 3rd in their district en route to a playoff birth. Unfortunately for the girls they ran into powerhouse Stratford for the second consecutive season and lost 2-0 after falling to them the year before 1-0. “With 16 seniors, there were a lot of tears,” Coach Burgess remembered. He admitted that he fought back tears seeing his seniors so emotional after the game. “The last game is always hard no matter when it comes in the season, even in state,” he continued.

In the preseason the girls were very familiar with the girls at Channelview and were anticipating that matchup, but when the regular season rolled around they looked forward to playing district rivals Galena Park and CE King. “Those are teams that they’re familiar with from their previous district,” Coach Burgess said.

Currently the girls are just behind Galena Park for the final playoff spot and these final three games are going to be their toughest challenge yet. In the final two weeks they will face the top three teams in district: Kingwood Park, Porter, and CE King. “I expect them to make playoffs, they expect themselves to make playoffs, and we just have to find a way to do it,” Coach Burgess stated. With looming injuries always in sight, Coach Burgess uses an old cliché: the next person up. Crosby has called up JV players to the team to fill in the depth while players are nursing injuries. “They’ve stepped up a lot,” Coach Burgess confessed.

The coaching staff is looking to junior Alondra Encinia, one of the two returning lettermen, to step up and help the team make a push into the playoffs. “She’s done a lot of growing and has gotten better as an attacking player,” Coach Burgess remarked. She had lost a bet to her brother, whom had played for boy’s coach Nathan Helburg, to tryout for the team and the program sure was happy she lost the bet.

The girls are all doing what they can to win. “We have to play more aggressive and concentrate on playing better,” Caroline Mendez said. Patricia Perez thinks they’re going to finish strong. “We just need to bond more as a team, communicate on the field, and we’ll come back strong,” she said. Senior Osiris Davila sees all the challenges the team has faced and believes they’ve done a good job overcoming them. “We can make it to playoffs, we’ll be ready,” she stated. Sophomore Aleeczah Sanchez knows that the team needs to put everything into the rest of the season. “Everyone needs to work together as a team and give it our all,” she said.

The girls contribute to a former Crosby athlete who travels to Honduras and supplies soccer equipment for kids that do not have the means to acquire equipment of their own.

Trevor Burgess’ father, who played at West Virginia, was his soccer coach. His other mentor was Jerry Hurtado when he was an assistant under him at Deer Park High School. Currently he looks to Nathan Helburg whom has been at Crosby for nearly 20 years. “I pick his brain all the time. He knows soccer and I always ask him questions and he helps out a lot,” he stated. Coach Burgess attended Langham Creek High School where he played soccer. He studied in college at both Stephen F. Austin and Midwestern.

Written by Mark M Johnson

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