Players involved in soccer brawl released from hospital
April 6, 2012 at 1:02 p.m.
Updated April 5, 2012 at 11:06 p.m.
Three Victoria East soccer players hospitalized Thursday evening after their win over San Antonio Harlandale have been released from the hospital.
Wyatt Fimbel, a freshman midfielder; David Andrade, a central defender and Esau Lopez, goalkeeper, were hospitalized after a fight broke out as the two teams were shaking hands, Victoria Independent School District Athletic Director Ralph Escalona said Friday.
Andrade is said to have suffered a broken nose in the incident.
"It was a roughly played game," Escalona said. "The ball game is over with, and they were on the line shaking hands. Their star player decides he wants to take a shot at Wyatt. That happened and another one took a shot, and it started a melee."
The Harlandale Indians' star player was Jesus Gomez. Multiple sources have told the Victoria Advocate the Harlandale senior, who scored 39 goals and eight assists before Thursday's game, was the person who punched Wyatt.
Escalona labeled the melee an "unfortunate occurrence" and does not blame Harlandale coaches, school officials or the match officials, which were from the Houston chapter of the Texas Association of Sports Officials.
"They are out there trying to control the game," Escalona said. "It's impossible to control a kid's actions when you don't know what they are going to do. Harlandale had plenty of coaches, people and (school resource officers), but when you are going through a line, you can't control what a kid is thinking."
Wyatt's older brother, Cole, scored the only goal in the Titans' 1-0 victory.