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Bullard outscores foes 21-1 to win Bullard Winter Cup championship

Jan. 14—BULLARD — The Bullard High School girl's soccer team dominated its opponents in capturing the championship of the 3rd Annual Bullard Winter Cup Saturday at Panther Stadium.

In the title match, the Lady Panthers blanked Palestine, 4-0.

In pool play Bullard (6-1) carved out victories over Sabine (6-0), Nacogdoches (3-1) and Brownsboro (8-0).

Niyah Gee of Bullard scored eight goals, which was highlighted by a hat trick against Brownsboro Friday, in her team's four matches and was named tournament Most Valuable Player.

Other scoring leaders for the Lady Panthers were Mollie Carlile, Addy Cummings, Paige Barrett and Rylie Jo Garner.

Rylie Graul and Anna Sowers contributed multiple assists throughout the tournament.

Junior goal keeper Ramzee Matejka, playing behind a strong defensive front, collected three clean sheets over the weekend.

"(Matejka) helped solidify the shutouts with her leadership and guidance", Bullard head girls soccer coach Tiffany Cooksey said.

Bullard will return to district play on Friday when Van comes to town.

Junior Varsity

In the junior varsity division of the tournament, freshman Cadence Graul led team Bullard to a 3-0 finish and the tournament championship.

For her efforts, Graul, who was tournament leader in both goals and assists, earned Most Valuable Player accolades.

Charley Whitehead, a freshman, also was a player of impact for the Lady Panthers.

Bullard cruised past Henderson (4-1), Palestine (6-2) and Nacogdoches (3-0).

"Assistant coach Phillip Brooks and I are both proud of the girls and the way that they worked together on the field," Cooksey said.