West girls soccer starts slow, rallies to win
Feb. 18, 2012 at 3:04 a.m.
Updated Feb. 17, 2012 at 8:18 p.m.
A trio of second half goals, and favorable results elsewhere, have propelled the Victoria West girls soccer team into second place in District 59-4A.
The Warriors beat Corpus Christi Ray 4-1 Friday night in Corpus Christi to improve to 4-1 in district play, and 10-4 overall. The Texans tied the contest just before halftime, but two goals from Sydney Martino and another from Anhila Rocha sealed the contest.
Victoria East also picked up a huge win Friday, topping Rockport-Fulton 2-0 to keep hold of the fourth and final playoff berth in District 59-4A. The Titans have now won three straight district contests, allowing just one goal in the process.
Rocha added a pair of assists for the Warriors. Goalkeeper Shelbey Cade recorded four saves.
With Gregory-Portland beating Corpus Christi Moody Friday, the Warriors have a chance to sit atop the district race after the first half of play if they can beat rivals Victoria East Tuesday. Gregory-Portland is 5-1, but their lone loss is to the Warriors. Moody is in third with a 3-1-1 district record.
Captain Valerie Rojas scored early in the first half for East. Junior forward Kirsten Haun scored early in the second half to round out the scoring for the Titans.
East is 6-8, 3-2 district heading into the Feb. 21 game against West. More importantly, the Titans have victories over the two teams challenging them for the final spot, Corpus Christi Ray and Rockport-Fulton.
West boys win late, East earns draw
Jose Gonzalez scored with nine minutes remaining to lift Victoria West to a 1-0 victory over Corpus Christi Ray Friday night.
The win evened the Warriors overall and district records at 7-7-2 and 2-1-2 respectively. It also allowed them to remain within shouting distance of district leaders Victoria East. Jorge Mazuca recorded a shutout in goal for the injured Juan Gonzalez for Victoria West.
Consistent rains slowed down the slick passing game of Victoria East Friday night.
Senior Cole Fimbel scored on a 63rd minute free kick to tie the Titans District 59-4A game against Rockport-Fulton.
The Pirates scored in the 26th minute to take the lead. It was just the second time in five district games Victoria East has conceded a goal. The Titans (10-1-1, 4-0-1 district) remain atop the district heading into Tuesday's game against West.