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Big 7 boys’ soccer bi-district round-up

Richard Thompson Stadium hosted a bi-district soccer matchup between the Veterans Memorial Chargers and the Sharyland Rattlers. This district winning Rattlers team looked to start their journey in the playoffs with the hopes of making a deep playoff run once again. The boys got off to a fabulous start. Francisco Gomez scored their first goal in the first 55 seconds of the game. Juan Trevino followed that up four minutes later with a header into the back of the Chargers net. Some could say that this game was over with, but they would be wrong. A Chargers group charged their way back with two goals within the span of ten minutes to close out the first half with a 2-2 score.

Alan Guerrero, #7 of Sharyland, works the ball down the sidelines. Photo by Mario Magallon

The Chargers and the Rattlers fought hard in the second half to regain the advantage. For the amount of opportunities that the Rattlers got at goal, the Chargers got. One of these teams was going to break the tie and on this chilly night, the Chargers would take the lead with 13 minutes left in the game. As it turned out, this would be a lead that they would keep for the remaining time on the clock. The Chargers came back from an early deficit to take out this great Rattlers team. The Rattlers’ otherwise highly successful 2024 season came to a much too early end with Tuesday night’s loss. The Rattlers have been officially eliminated from the playoffs.

In other Big 7 boys’ soccer bi-district matchups:

The #2 La Joya Coyotes lost to the #3 Harlingen Cardinals 3-3, lost in PKs.

Brownsville Veterans opponent grabs hold of Francisco Gomez’s shorts, #22 of Sharyland, in an attempt to steal the ball. Photo by Mario Magallon

The #4 Diamondbacks lost to the #1 Lopez Lobos 1-4.

The #4 Palmview Lobos lost to the #1 Flour Bluff Hornets 1-2.

 

This leaves us with one more Big 7 Soccer team left in the playoffs: The Juarez-Lincoln Huskies. The Huskies secured a victory over the Victoria East Titans on Tuesday to continue their run in the playoffs. The district championship winning Huskies have now obtained another gold piece to place in their trophy case, but that’s nothing compared to what they have set their sights on. The goal for the Huskies is to make it back to the state championship, something that head coach Victor Ramos has had on his mind since the last time they were competing in the regional finals. They would go on to lose to the eventual state champions.

Seven years have passed since the Huskies have been in that spot. Ramos spoke to Progress Times about how their first playoff win will fuel a deep playoff run, “They scored on us in the first two minutes of the game, we had to settle down a little bit. We slowed down and played our game and ended up scoring four goals before halftime. Since the beginning of the season, we had our minds prepared on getting back to the regional tournament so we can compete for state. The team has played really well so I think we have a really great chance of getting back there.”

Ramos went on to tell us, “We struggled to put a team together with a good bench and I think we’re getting numbers back by practicing hard. We have better numbers, a lot of players at the same level, so that helps out a lot for a long playoff run. All my players are ready to go off the bench at any time.”

Ramos told us more about the importance of getting to the state tournament, “We had an opportunity to sign three players this week. That’s the whole point of winning championships. To give the opportunity to these players to play at the college level and continue their education”

Two long-time friends and teammates: senior forward and the leading scorer for the Huskies for the last two years Omar Solis and senior left wing midfielder Ruben Tijerina will be attending college with fellow teammate senior Edgar Hernandez at Texas Southmost College to play at the next level.

The season comes to an end for the Rattlers, Diamondbacks, Lobos, and Coyotes, but the story of the Huskies continues tomorrow vs. the Donna North Chiefs at 7pm in Donna at Bennie La Prade Stadium. If they win, they’ll play the winner between the Porter Cowboys and the Flour Bluff Hornets on Tuesday, April 2nd. Good luck to the Huskies as they look to find their way back to the top.

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