The University Trojans advanced to the second round of the Class 5A soccer playoffs Friday night with a convincing 3-0 win over Corsicana at Waco ISD Stadium.
University got on the scoreboard early in the contest when Caleb Yepez scored on a strong 15-yard midfield kick at the 35:12 mark of the first half. In the first half, the Trojans were mostly content to play solid defense and wait for their chances. They were outshot 3-2 the first 30 minutes of the game, but their ability to convert one of those two shots was critical.
“That goal have us a lot of momentum,” Trojan head coach Mike Chapman said. “We are a young team, and getting that first goal really settled us in and set the pace.”
Like they did in the first half, the Trojans scored early in the second half as well. Corsicana was called for a penalty in the box at the 32:40 mark, and Jesus Nunez stuck the penalty kick in the back of the net to make the score 2-0. The Tiger goalkeeper guessed right, and Nunez’s kick went left.
The final goal came with 7:20 left. Raul Torrez headed a ball in following a long assist by Irvin Cazares. Torrez beat his defender down the middle of the field and headed the ball up and over the keeper’s outstretched arms.
“We possess the ball well,” Chapman said. “That’s our strength, and we did that tonight. I am proud of our team.”
University returns to the pitch against Magnolia West in the next round of the playoffs. Game day and time will be announced.
In the early game at Waco ISD Stadium Friday, the Belton Lady Tigers knocked off Cedar Hill, 3-1.
Lorena 9, Liberty 0
COLLEGE STATION – The Lady Leopards dominated their playoff opener.
Kenzie Tuyo scored four goals for Lorena (18-2), and Maddie Miller chipped in three more in the runaway win in the Class 4A bi-district playoffs. Haley Flores and Lauren Austin also found the net once apiece.
Lorena will move on to the area playoffs to face Little Cypress-Mauriceville, a 7-0 winner over Center
Irving Nimitz 2, Midway 1
MANSFIELD – Nimitz scored the game-winner just six minutes after Midway thumped in the equalizer, ending the Pantherettes’ season in the Class 6A bi-district playoffs.
Midway (11-6-2) trailed 1-0 at the half, but Miriam McCormick evened things up at the 36-minute mark of the second half when she found the net. However, Nimitz answered six minutes later, and will move on to the area round to face the Plano-Hebron winneR.
GATESVILLE – Behind a monstrous effort from Jessica Ortiz, Gatesville powered past Anahuac in the Class 4A bi-district playoffs. Anahuac had no answer for Ortiz, who shredded the nets for five goals. Gatesville had the game well in control by halftime, leading 6-0. Rachel Dunahoo, Italia Santosky, Kamberly Vega, Katrina Thoms and Eve Castelo also had goals for Gatesville (10-7), which will face either Diboll or Hamshire-Finnett in the area playoffs next week.
Cedar Creek 1
Rachel Ramm scored a pair of first-half goals, as the Lady Tigers moved past the Longhorns in the Class 6A bi-district playoffs at Waco ISD Stadium. Alison Navarro and Morgan Magara found the net in the second half for Belton, which will play Southlake Carroll in the area round.
Waco High 3, Lindale 1
CORSICANA – Sophomore Nate Lopez made the most of Waco High’s playoff opener, whacking a pair of second-half goals in spurring the Lions to a Class 5A bi-district win.
The game was scoreless at the half, but Waco High (20-1-1) found its rhythm in the second half. Lopez found the net twice, and Jonathan Gonzalez added a goal of his own.
The Lions will draw Pflugerville Connally (16-2-6) in the area playoffs next week.