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Seven Big 6 soccer teams advance

20140327-Sharyland-v-Laredo-LBJ-Boys-Playoff-Soccer dy-043With nine of the 12 Big 6 schools’ soccer teams qualifying for the post season, Mission, La Joya and Sharyland high schools were certainly well represented in the state playoffs. Both of the Sharyland, Mission High School, Veterans Memorial and Juarez-Lincoln teams extended their seasons into the playoffs this year as did the Palmview High School (PHS) boys’ team.

Of those teams, all but the Juarez-Lincoln girls and the Veterans Memorial (VMHS) boys teams emerged victorious from their first or second round playoff games and will be playing in either the 5A area or the 4A sectional round this week.

Last Thursday night, the Sharyland (SHS) girls defeated Laredo LBJ, 5-0, and the boys defeated LBJ, 1-0, to advance to the area round. In Friday’s 5A bi-district action the Juarez-Lincoln boys defeated Laredo Alexander, 7-2, and the PHS boys defeated Del Rio, 2-1, to both advance to the area round as well.

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Big 6 well represented in soccer playoffs

20140321 Soccerl Boys Economedes vs Palmview lg-01Five out of the “Big 6” boys soccer teams, along with four of the girls sides, advanced to the high school soccer playoffs that kicked off on Monday and conclude with the UIL state tournament on April 17-19 at Georgetown.

The battle for supremacy in the boys District 30-5A title race was won by La Joya Juárez-Lincoln (13-3, 39) for the second straight season, four points ahead of runner up Sharyland (13-3, 35) and third place La Joya Palmview (11-5, 33). Edinburg North (9-7, 27) clinched the fourth 30-5A playoff spot in the last game of the regular season.

Juárez-Lincoln begins its playoff run against 29-5A fourth place Laredo Alexander (6-1-5, 19) on Friday at La Joya’s Pack Stadium at 6 p.m. The Huskies have won four district titles and advanced at least three games deep into the playoffs in each of their six seasons since they began play in 2009. Last year, they reached the IV-5A regional quarterfinals before losing to eventual state runner up Brownsville Hanna.

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MHS and VMHS soccer teams playoff bound

20140212-Mission-v-VMHS-Girls-Soccer-020Four for four. All four soccer teams from Mission High School (MHS) and the Veterans Memorial High School (VMHS) have finished their District 61-4A schedule and all four teams are heading to the playoffs – boys and girls.

With the old and politically incorrect adage of ladies first in mind, here is a breakdown of how the Lady Eagles and the Lady Patriots finished up in their district race.

For the second year in a row the MHS Lady Eagles soccer team has taken the district title. Last year, they posted a perfect 8-0 record and advanced to the regional quarterfinals, also known as the Elite Eight, where they lost 1-0 to the Jones High School Lady Trojans of Beeville.

This year, Coach Aaron Clemons’ Lady Eagles are 7-1 with their only loss coming at the hands of their cross-town rival VMHS Lady Patriots. Mission outscored their district opponents this season 23-3.

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Juarez-Lincoln Huskies are for real

20140307 Soccer Boys LJJL vs LaJoya lg-07Surprise! That’s what the La Joya Juarez-Lincoln (LJJL) Huskies boys soccer team did to their District 30-5A opponents last year. They caught them by surprise. They not only compiled an impressive 15-1 record in their inaugural 5A season, but won the championship in a district that included the defending state champion Sharyland Rattlers. While achieving so much success so quickly may have left some wondering if their 2013 season was a fluke, their continued success this season has proven that the Huskies are indeed for real.

Currently at 12-2 and in sole possession of first place with 35 points, Juarez-Lincoln has a rather comfortable seven point lead in the standings over second place Palmview, and an eight point lead over third place Sharyland. However, since the Huskies have played one more game thus far this season than Palmview and Sharyland have, their lead over one of those teams will be reduced tonight as the Lobos and the Rattlers face off against each other while the Huskies are off.

As the Huskies’ and the district’s top scorer, senior Angel Quintero is one of the reasons behind Juarez-Lincoln’s success. Quintero believes he knows why his Huskies have managed to continue their winning ways despite that they are now in one of the toughest districts in the state.

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Lady Eagles shooting for back-to-back titles

20140212-Mission-v-VMHS-Girls-Soccer-116Just one more win. That’s all the Mission High Lady Eagles need to clinch the District 61-4A soccer title for the second year in a row. And with their season finale being on the road against the last place Lady (RGC) Rattlers tonight, Coach Aaron Clemons’ squad could be celebrating back-to-back district championships all the way home from Rio Grande City.

With four of the five District 61-4A teams qualifying for the playoffs, doing so is not all that much of an accomplishment. However, winning the district title is always something to take pride in and after having lost many of last year’s key players to graduation, another district title this year would be especially gratifying for Clemons.

“We lost seven starters last year,” explained Clemons. “I’m really pleased with the way the girls came out this year after having to replace so many girls. They’ve gone out and played awesome. We’re still a very young team but I feel that once we get onto the field we can play against anybody. We’ve done well against the La Joya teams and we even beat McAllen High last year, which is something that we hadn’t done before. So we finally got that monkey off our backs.”

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A fight to the finish for Patriots boys

20140228-Mission-v-VMHS-Boys-Soccer- dy-049Talk about a tight race! The Veterans Memorial Patriots boys’ soccer team is one of three teams within a single point of the District 61-4A championship with only two games to go. After their clutch 2-1 win over the Rio Grande City Rattlers Tuesday evening, the Patriots have 16 points in the standings while the Rattlers and the Roma Gladiators are atop the race with 17 points each.

Having fallen to the Rattlers by a score of 3-0 in the first round of district play and having suffered only their second loss of the season at the hands of the Mission Eagles last Friday evening, Coach William Proctor’s boys bounced back in a big way against the Rattlers on their home field Tuesday. With the win the Patriots not only improved their district record to 6-2 but they kept their district championship hopes alive with only Roma and La Grulla still on their schedule.

After a scoreless first half Tuesday evening, Veterans Memorial’s Jonathan Manzo scored with a header off a corner kick at the 34:50 mark of the second half. Then with the score tied at 1-1, Omar Luna scored the eventual game-winning goal for the Patriots with 15:52 left in the game.

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