East cruises to playoff win over Southside
March 29, 2011 at 10 p.m.
Updated March 28, 2011 at 10:29 p.m.
Tim Eaton talks about how Victoria East couldn't have an offensive attack without a strong defense.
The offense, said the Victoria East coach, starts with them.
Which is why he's thankful to have four of his team's most diligent players - Joel Gonzales, Christian Vasquez, Shai Beltran and Ben Flores - controlling the backfield.
"The back four has really blended well together," he said. "Especially Joel in the center. He has a really good feel for the flow of the game.
"They've worked really well together. It's almost like having a wall in front of the goal."
The Titans netted all four of the their goals in the first half of their 4-0 win over San Antonio Southside on Tuesday, earning a spot in the sectional round of the Class 4A boys soccer tournament.
"I thought the first half, we played well," Eaton said. "The midfield did a good job, our attack went well and the defense in the back did well.
"First half was good, the second half, we were just playing for experience."
Colton Siler led the way with two goals for the Titans, while Cole Fimble and David Barnard each added one. By the second half, the Titans were content to rest on the laurels of a four goal lead.
Eaton said he used the opportunity to get some of the younger players on the team some playoff experience. It slowed the pace of the game, but didn't change the result.
"It was good to get people in there and get experience," he said.
Joel Gonzales said the defense had it easy against Southside. All they had to do was send the ball back up the field and the offense did the rest.
"Our offense was doing their thing, passing and keeping the ball up there," he said. "If anything was to come over, we would be there to kick it away.
"The offense was doing a good job of making their defense work."
Gonzales, who is one of the top players on the defensive end of the ball, said he does his best to show his teammates at that end of the field what to do and how to play.
He said he endeavors to set a good example.
"They respect me, I respect them," he said. "I don't sit in the back of the bus, I sit in the front to show I have respect."
WEST ADVANCES OVER HARLANDALE
Despite less than ideal conditions, Victoria West was able to walk away from its match in Floresville with San Antonio Harlandale with a 1-0 win on Tuesday night.
It rained for most of the game, said assistant coach Michelle Stanford, and at times not lightly.
But that didn't stop Jessica Mickey from netting the only goal of the game in the 20th minute of the second half.
"It poured for half the game," she said. "The girls are completely soaked."
The Warriors play the winner of Floresville and Corpus Christi Flour Bluff later this week.