East, West host playoff matches
April 3, 2012 at 3:01 a.m.
Updated April 2, 2012 at 11:03 p.m.
For all they know the next Clint Dempsey plays for San Antonio McCollum.
It's unlikely there is another legendary Texas soccer player among the Cowboys midst, but outside of their record players and coaches at Victoria East don't know anything about their opponent in Tuesday's Class 4A area playoff game.
Victoria East and Victoria West will host playoff games Tuesday night in town. East (16-3-2) will host McCollum (7-15-2) at Memorial Stadium. West (12-10-2) meets Floresville (11-9-2) at Patti Welder Stadium. Both games kick off at 8 p.m.
"It's not going to be easy, but we are going to go in, play as hard as we can and try to win," said West junior defender Korey Parks.
At least the Warriors have the luxury of some background information about Floresville - even if it is as minute as the fact the Tigers have two good center midfielders. The Titans enter their contest focused on the mental aspect of the contest.
"We really don't know much about them," said East head coach Tim Eaton. "It's the unknown that causes a problem. . If someone can line up and stop us, so be it. We just want to do the best the next game."
The Titans and Cowboys share a common opponent: Beeville. For what it's worth McCollum tied the Trojans 1-1, while Eaton's team beat Beeville 5-1 in their season opener.
Regardless of what the Titans face, Eaton believes the schedule has prepared his team. He thought this year's district, one the Titans won, has been the most competitive he's seen in his quarter century of coaching.
Eaton might have a point.
Runners-up Rockport-Fulton won their playoff opener and will also play in Victoria Tuesday. Fourth-placed Victoria West dispatched Flour Bluff in the bi-district round.
Recently, the Warriors have picked up the intensity in practices and that has carried over to games. Parks said Tuesday's task will not be easy, but as long as they communicate, remain focused and put shots on frame, they are confident.
"We just go into every game thinking if we lose we're done," Parks said. "It's been more intense because you go in and you want to get a win and you don't want to make mistakes."