West beats East in shootout for Classic championship (w/video)
Jan. 18, 2014 at 10:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 17, 2014 at 7:18 p.m.
Goalkeeper Hunter Elder wanted to be there to give Victoria West an extra push, if needed.
The Warriors needed him.
The sophomore was there in the end for West against crosstown rival Victoria East. Elder made a penalty kick and stopped a shot in the penalty kick shootout to give the Warriors a 6-5 victory in penalty kicks against the Titans to win the Tim Eaton Classic Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
"I couldn't have done it without my team," Elder said. "You just got to keep calm. We wouldn't have gone into penalties if it wasn't for my defense."
It was also the same defense that had to finish the game with one less player.
Jorge Mazuca, one of five captains for the Warriors, was dealt a red card 24 minutes into the first half. It would hurt the Warriors throughout the rest of the game, as they played with 10 men on the field. For Mazuca, because of the red card, he will be withheld from the next Warriors game.
"I knew my first five. The guys kept saying 'Hunter's good,' but he's a sophomore," said Warriors coach Bill Tally. "He (Hunter) gestured to me, so I already felt confident. I didn't want to put him under that kind of pressure. He said he wanted it."
Senior Ernesto Perez, however, didn't worry when Elder stepped up to help the team win because "he's one of the best keepers in our district."
"I knew he could do it," Perez said about Elder. "He has what it takes to make (penalty kicks)."
Victoria East and Victoria West are no strangers to one another when it comes to the Tim Eaton Classic. In the inaugural tournament last year, the Warriors edged the Titans 2-1 to hoist the trophy.
After the Warriors claimed the Tim Eaton Classic trophy, the Warriors continued with a District 59-4A championship.
It was the first in West soccer history.
The Titans claimed the district title in 2012.
But a district title was only one part of the Warriors' long run. They made it to the sectional round, where they fell to San Antonio Harlandale 2-1.
The Warriors finished the season with a 20-4-2 record in 2013.
Tally called playing in the Tim Eaton Classic a learning experience for his players.
Elder doesn't worry about what the Warriors don't have this season.
"We just got to keep our heads up," he said. "We're going to repeat this year."