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East, West kick off first soccer season

By jhornberg
Nov. 30, 2010 at 5:30 a.m.


Victoria's two largest high schools began their first seasons of soccer Monday, beginning the march to the first scrimmages and games in early January.

Victoria East and West each drew off of a talent pool that has a lot of new faces and a lot of talented and experienced players, and stare into a wild expanse of a region that is at least twice the size of anything any other sports team will face.

Here are the three main things to know about what the Titans and Warriors will face this year:

Different district set up: In every other sport, Victoria East and West share a district with Gregory-Portland, Beeville, Calhoun, and Floresville. Of the six in that make up District 30-4A in every other team sport, five play soccer (Calhoun is odd one out.) And with Rockport-Fulton nearby, it would make sense to add them and call it a district, right?

Wrong.

Since there is nothing below Class 4A in high school soccer, all of the 3A, 2A and 1A teams that play have to move up to the 4A level, and that means an extreme number of districts and a lot of schools.

Victoria East and West are in District 59-4A with seven other teams, but only one (Gregory-Portland) is a district mate in other sports. The other four are Corpus Christi area teams: Rockport-Fulton, Miller, Moody and Ray. Never mind that the closest soccer playing schools to Victoria, El Campo (52 miles) and Beeville (about 60) are in different district (and in El Campo's case, a different region entirely.)

Heck, forget that Tuloso-Midway and Calallen are closer to Victoria than any of the three schools from Corpus Christi. The district set up makes little to no sense, but they are what they are.

The playoffs: Class 4A's playoffs start a week earlier than the Class 5A playoffs, but end at the same time, an accommodation for the sheer number of teams at that level. The Class 4A level adds one more round - the sectionals - between the area round and the regional quarterfinals.

It makes the task of a long playoff run and a state title much more daunting.

The teams: The split of Memorial may prove, like the split of the football team and the volleyball team, to be a great positive.

The Titans and Warriors each have a lot of talented players on the girls and boys teams that can take advantage of the drop in level.

Plus, the rearranging of the district will be helpful in one major way: The Warriors and the Titans will each avoid playing teams from San Antonio in the first round of the playoffs, which tend to be stronger than the Crossroads and Coastal Bend teams, if they were to make it.

Instead of drawing a potential powerhouse out of San Antonio, District 60-4A is populated with more Corpus Christi and Coastal Bend teams such as Robstown and Tuloso-Midway.

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