Copperas Cove's Shelbie Letzer moves the ball against Temple. (THS Facebook)
Copperas Cove’s Shelbie Letzer moves the ball against Temple, Tuesday, February 18, 2013 in Temple, TX. (THS Facebook Photo)

TEMPLE – The District 8-5A hill just turned into a mountain for Copperas Cove girls soccer with a 2-0 loss at Temple on Tuesday night.

Corrine Barker and Jessica Cabral each scored a goal in the first six minutes of the game for the Lady Wildcats (0-0-0), while the Lady Dawgs got a few shots on goal but couldn’t put any through the net.

“We knew coming into Temple (that) we’re able to compete, but we had that six minute span in the first half of just real quick letdowns.” said Lady Dawgs head coach Hagen Streckel.

“We stepped it up the rest of the game, tried to work in that ball control and get close to the goal and it just wasn’t happening tonight, very frustrating,” he added.

Streckel had high praise for senior Shelbie Letzer, a University of Incarnate Word commit, on her play Tuesday night against Temple.

“She just gets around the field and tries to control the middle, and gives us really good balls up front, we just can’t seem to get on the end of them right now,” he said.

Copperas Cove had a 2-5 record during the first half of the district schedule and Streckel knows the second half of district will be a tall mountain to climb.

“We definitely have to step it up, we know what we have to do, we’ve been in every game except for a couple,” he said.

The Lady Dawgs kick off the second half of the district season with Harker Heights on Friday night, a team that shut out Copperas Cove 1-0 earlier in the season.

“We have the team, we just can’t get it done at the moment,” Streckel added.