Lady Titans lose chance at avenging district loss
Feb. 28, 2014 at 10:05 p.m.
Updated Feb. 27, 2014 at 8:28 p.m.
Victoria East's lone District 59-4A loss came against Gregory-Portland.
Friday night, the Lady Titans were out for revenge.
However, Friday night's game was one East (12-4, 6-2) would like to forget. They were defeated 1-0 and, missed an opportunity to claim first place in district.
Coming into the match, East had an opportunity to tie Gregory-Protland (13-2-2, 7-0-1) for first place by just evening the score. Even though they were down at halftime, the Lady Titans still had 40 minutes left to tie the game.
The chances for East became greater, as G-P played with just 10 players in the second half because of a red card. But it didn't lead to much work offensively by East when it came to goals.
"I think it actually made them step together as a team even more," said East coach Misty Boenig about G-P playing a person down the rest of the game. "They played great even if they were a man down for a little while. They pulled together. I won't take anything away from them because we knew they were going to bring it."
Though senior Rachel Mansker was disappointed about the loss, she believed Friday's game must be put in the past.
"You can't win every game and even if you lose, you need to learn everything you can from it and move past it," the senior said. "It just brings us closer as a team."
Senior Vicki Rojas described the loss as frustrating, but doesn't want it to affect her teammates the rest of the season.
"It's a little frustrating, but we can't let it affect all the other games," Rojas said. "We got to tone it down and know we have to take it one game at a time. You lose some, you win some, but you can't let it affect the others."
East can still control its own destiny when it comes to the playoff picture.
"This is the way the cards fell," Boenig said. "We did a lot of great things, it's just a matter of executing opportunities that we actually have."
Titans defeat Wildcats 1-0
Dylan Staff understood the severity of Friday's game against Gregory-Portland.
A loss would hurt their chances for a District 59-4A championship. The Titans (4-3-1) defeated the Wildcats 1-0 and also handed them their first district loss.
"We want a chance in playoffs and in district, we had to win this game no matter what," the junior said. Staff scored the game's only goal on a penalty kick. "We had to get that win to keep us still alive."
Titans coach Bobby Ramos was glad to see his team start the second half of play with a win.
"This win keeps us mathematically alive for the district championship," Ramos said. "Granted, we need other things to happen ... but all we're trying to do is help ourselves and keep ourselves in the playoff hunt."