Quick! Somebody tell the La Joya Juarez-Lincoln boys soccer team that they’re doing it wrong! As a former 4A team that just this year made the jump into 30-5A, a district that includes the defending state champion Sharyland Rattlers, the Huskies are doing it all wrong! They are not supposed to have bettered the Mighty Rattlers twice this season, they are not supposed to have a 12-1 record and they are most definitely not supposed to be atop the standings in one of the toughest 5A districts in the state.
Unfortunately for the Rattlers and the rest of District 30-5A, it doesn’t look as if head coach Victor Ramos’ Juarez-Lincoln squad is going to stop doing it wrong anytime soon; case in point: The Huskies’ 2-0 Tuesday night victory over cross-town rival and 2012 playoff team the La Joya Coyotes. This came on the heels of a 3-2 victory over Sharyland last Friday.
“It was a good game,” said Ramos. “We dominated the whole game and we tried to open up spaces, but they were playing defensively so it was kind of complicated for us to go in. We finally got a goal in the second half when they started playing offensively, which opened up spaces for us.”
Both of Juarez-Lincoln’s goals hit the back of the net after having come off of two of Luis “Huicho” Guerra’s body parts; the first off his head and the second off his foot.
“Huicho’s first goal tonight was the result of a double effort,” said Ramos. “He hit the post on his first shot but then he played the bounce and headed the ball into the goal. His second goal was on a penalty kick.”
Despite being scoreless during the first 47 minutes of play, the Huskies offense kept pressure on the Coyotes defense throughout most of the game with a veritable barrage of shots, which were either just off the mark or were adeptly defended by La Joya keeper Francisco “Pancho” Sandoval.
“The Coyotes keeper played an awesome game. He had some unbelievable saves,” said the Huskies coach.
In the State of Texas, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) uses a point system to determine district winners and playoff teams in high school soccer. At the conclusion of Tuesday night’s games, Juarez-Lincoln’s 34 points gives the Huskies a seven-point lead over Sharyland, an 11-point lead over Edinburg Economedes and a 12-point lead over Edinburg High and Donna.
While only four of the nine teams in District 30-5A will make it into the playoffs, Coyotes head soccer coach Eugenio Milla believes that a playoff berth is still a possibility for his seventh place squad.
“We currently have five losses, two ties and four wins in district play,” shared Milla. “We are like four points behind where we need to be to have a slot in the playoffs, but we still have 12 points to dispute (four matches at three points each). If we can capitalize on those 12 points, we’ll have a good chance of making the playoffs.”
Even if the Coyotes do make the most of their four remaining games and qualify for the playoffs, Milla knows that he and his players will have their work cut out for them within their own bracket.
“We are in what is one of the most difficult brackets, if not the most difficult bracket in the region,” said Milla. “We have Sharyland, we have Economedes, we have Edinburg High and we have Donna…who is being underestimated this year. The other difficult bracket is in Brownsville which is one of the toughest in the state.”
As for their remaining schedules, the Huskies will host Economedes tonight and close out their regular season at Edinburg then at home against Donna. The Coyotes will travel to Edinburg tonight to play the Bobcats before hosting Donna, traveling to Palmview and then hosting Edinburg North.
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