West, East still striving for district supremacy
March 2, 2012 at 1:02 a.m.
Updated March 1, 2012 at 9:02 p.m.
The goals and their goals are still attainable. What remains to be seen is which school will snatch the opportunity to win the District 59-4A girls soccer crown when it arises?
Victoria West, Victoria East as well as Corpus Christi Moody and Gregory-Portland have segregated themselves from the rest of the district with four games remaining. The Warriors are in second place, while the Titans occupy the fourth and final playoff berth.
On paper, East has the more favorable schedule as they face the three teams beneath them in the standings, as well as West to close their season. Meanwhile James McCarter's Warriors have to play Moody and Gregory-Portland in their final four games.
But championships are not won on paper.
East head coach Misty Boenig said she is not worried about what the three teams ahead of the Titans are doing. Instead, East is focused on continuing to learn from each game.
"We take one game at a time," said East soccer coach Misty Boenig. "We are definitely looking forward to the rest of our district season going as well as it did in the first half."
East is two games behind district-leading Gregory-Portland after falling to the Wildcats 4-1 Tuesday night. However, the last time East lost to Gregory-Portland the Titans went undefeated (four wins, one tie) in their next five games to climb into the playoff picture.
Friday, East plays at Corpus Christi Ray. The Texans are fifth in the district and have the most to gain, should the Titans stumble down the stretch. When East beat the Texans 3-1 on Feb. 7 Boenig said at the time her team played their most complete performance of the season in the win.
Consistency is something McCarter is seeking from his Warriors. West is third in the district, but play the two schools immediately ahead of them in the next 10 days.
"We have to play as a team. We have to have 11 people on the same page," McCarter said. "We have to have 14 or 15 girls playing together and focused on our goals and willing to do what's necessary and sacrifice to achieve those goals. .I know we can play defense. I know we can shoot, but those things don't happen if we are not on the same page."
A win Tuesday night would have kept West in a tie for second with Moody, but the Warriors tied Rockport-Fulton 2-2.
Gregory-Portland soccer coach Jaclyn Vasquez said Victoria East has improved not only since the outset of the season, but since their previous meeting on Feb 3. Though her team has not had too much trouble through the first eight games, Vasquez said focus will be the key to her team repelling the challenges and repeating as district champions.
"If we continue to play smart and improve on each game (we'll have a chance,)" Vasquez said. "We try to improve on each game with our passing, the little skills and our fundamentals. Looking at these next few games the girls are pretty confident, but I still want to keep them grounded."
McCarter truly believes the title will be won on the last game of the season when the two Victoria schools square off at Memorial Stadium, Moody travels to Ray and the Wildcats, who will have a bye, anxiously await the results.
"Hopefully, everyone will be up for that game, play their 'A' game and everyone will be at their best," McCarter said. "We will see how that comes out."