Titans' season comes to early end
March 18, 2014 at 10:05 p.m.
Updated March 17, 2014 at 10:18 p.m.
Even as Wyatt Fimbel scored the game's first and only goal, Victoria East did not control its own playoff future.
Coming into Tuesday's District 59-4A game, the Titans (6-5-1) needed to not only defeat Corpus Christi Miller, but they needed Rockport-Fulton to lose. The Titans won Tuesday 1-0, but Rockport-Fulton also won its game, meaning the Titans were eliminated from playoff contention.
"We finished on a good note," Fimbel, a junior, said. "We may not have gotten the result we wanted, but we finished on a good note."
The six wins in district play this season was an improvement from the 2-12 district record the Titans had last season.
"This is a bed we made for ourselves, and it's an unfortunate one," said Titans coach Bobby Ramos. "You never want to leave your fate in somebody else's hands, and you can only control what you can do, but we did what we had to do."
As a result, the Titans finished fourth in their district and miss the playoffs for the second straight year.
Jose Oviedo didn't know East's playoff future until after the game. He had hope Monday was not the last team practice, which after Tuesday night was the case.
"I was hoping Rockport (Fulton) would lose," the senior said. "That didn't happen. It didn't go our way; we got to live with it. Life goes on."
Though the Titans will lose five seniors from this season's team, Ramos doesn't think the bar set to do well will be hard to reach.
"I like to think that come next year, we won't talk about turning stuff in, and our season will extend beyond what's on paper," Ramos said. "The program is on the rebound looking up."
East girls bounce back
Victoria East's last game of the season was by far not meaningless.
After settling for a tie against Victoria West, East won 3-0 over Corpus Christi Miller. East coach Misty Boenig said Tuesday was about getting the team prepared for playoffs next week.
"One of our goals tonight was to allow some of our players to play in positions they are not necessarily used to because you can never know what could happen in playoffs." Boenig said. "It was a great experience tonight to see where certain players have developed."
East (15-4-1, 9-2-1) scored two goals in the first half, courtesy of Kendyl Charbula and junior Morgan Wyatt, who scored off a penalty kick. Charbula was assisted by Vicki Rojas.
In this second half, junior Madison Hawkins scored off an assist by senior Rachel Mansker.
"Coming back from playing West with a tie, I think it's better we come out with a win to keep our heads high," Charbula, a junior, said. "It's important that we all are familiar with each other and how each other play in positions we're not comfortable with because people can get injured - you can get red-carded. You never know."
Victoria West shares co-district 59-4A title
PORTLAND - Victoria West will share the District 59-4A title after losing to Gregory-Portland on Tuesday 1-0.
Alexis Vega scored the go-ahead goal for G-P in the second half of play. Both G-P and West (14-3-5, 7-2-3) will move on to the playoffs, but both are waiting to find out who their opponent will be. West could face either Laredo Nixon or Laredo Ciggaroa.
Victoria West girls lose
PORTLAND - After coming back in last week's match against rival Victoria East, Victoria West could not do the same against Gregory-Portland, losing 2-1.
Anhila Rocha scored West's (11-4-5, 5-3-4) only goal Tuesday night. Katie Morton and Brittney Gonzales scored the goals for G-P.