SPRING BRANCH — The Lady Rangers atoned for their first loss of the season by outdueling Leander 5-4 Friday afternoon at Leander ISD’s Grizzly Classic.
Smithson Valley (4-1 overall) was upended 3-1 by Highland Park in its tournament opener on Thursday, but head coach Jason Adkins’ team toppled Leander thanks to a hat trick from Jewel Mann and single goals by Jadelin Castillo and Esther Hicks.
Mann also dished out an assist in the win, as did Taylor Swenson (two), Sabrina Taber and Castillo.
Melyna Martinez and Sophia Phelan split time in goal and each posted one save in 40 minutes.
During Thursday’s opener, Maddie Malo tallied the Lady Rangers’ lone goal, while Martinez played all 80 minutes and registered three saves.
Smithson Valley is scheduled to cap the event today with a 2 p.m. match against Liberty Hill.