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West soccer stifles Floresville, advances to sectionals

March 29, 2013 at 6:03 a.m.
Updated March 28, 2013 at 10:29 p.m.

Victoria West players from left: Diego Perez, Matthew Sanchez Rodolfo Rocha and Korey Parks celebrate a 2-0 win over Floresville as they walk toward the stands following Thursday's area playoff game at Matador Stadium in Seguin. The Warriors defeated the Tigers 2-0 and will advance to the next round.

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SEGUIN - It was Godswill who ended Victoria West's season last year, and the Warriors were determined to avoid the same fate.

Godswill Orzabal, who scored a devastating goal against the Warriors in last year's playoffs, was not much of a threat against West goalie Juanito Gonzalez this time around.

In fact, the whole Tigers offense was neutralized.

Floresville mustered just four shots on goal Thursday, and Victoria West reached the sectional round of the Class 4A playoffs with a 2-0 win.

West (20-3-2) will play either San Antonio Harlandale or Gregory-Portland early next week.

Team play following a Warriors throw in deep in the Tigers defense third led to Hector Mendoza scoring his 11th goal of the season.

"Eric (Robinson) threw it in. Edward (Rodriguez) said 'Get back side, get back side!' Just like a good teammate, I went back side, and the ball was right there. I was able to put it in."

The goal came after West had multiple chances in the first 10 minutes of the game.

Though they did not score at that time, West coach Bill Tally said he was confident because of the way his team played.

West peppered Floresville's net with shots, getting 10 on goal in the game.

Tigers' coach Robert Trevino said his team wanted to find Orzabal and initially attack through the middle of the field. When that didn't work, he said the Tigers tried the flanks.

West had answers for both.

Mendoza said facing the Tigers in a Jan. 21 non-district contest helped the Warriors learn how to handle Orzabal and midfielder Heriberto Briones, Floresville's top attacking threats.

"We played our game," Tally said. "We joke with each other, if it's working and it's not broke, don't fix it, don't mess with it, don't change it. I told them we need to counterattack quickly on this team and try to get the ball to our forwards. We didn't always do it, but we did it enough."

The tactic led to the Warriors second goal in the 53rd minute.

Ernesto Perez received the ball about 30 yards from goal. The junior forward ran to his right and fizzed a shot across the frame of the goal. Ernesto's shot would not have been on target, but his twin Diego was lurching at the back post and scored his 11th goal of the season.

West had its two-goal advantage and made it stand up for its 15th shutout of the season. The victory was by the same score as the 2012 area round. However, the victors were different.

"It's amazing; being able to beat the team that beat us is something you can't explain," Mendoza said. "I'm just happy. Now, it's time to get ready for the next round. We're taking it one game at a time."

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