Ninety minutes wasn’t enough to decide this cross-town rivalry, as Waco High and University ended in a draw, 1-1, in a matchup of two of the top teams in District 17-5A on Tuesday.
Neither squad found the back of the net in the first half, though each team had its chances. Juan Arroyo from Waco High (14-2-2, 8-1-2) started the scoring opportunities in the 25th minute, seeing back-to-back shots blocked by Trojan goalkeeper Juan Rivera.
Humberto Cruz had his header slapped away in the seventh minute, the Trojans’ (16-3-4, 7-1-3) first real and only scoring chance of the first half.
Going into the second half, University head coach Mike Chapman knew both teams had their chances the first 40 minutes.
“I think we saw two really good teams missing some opportunities there in the first half,” Chapman said. “But we did come out and give a great effort early.”
University wasted several chances early in the second half, seeing five corner kicks fail in the first three minutes.
With the momentum shifting to the purple and white, Waco High pushed the tempo.
On an assist from Alexis Arranaga, Juan Arroyo’s header found the left side of the goal, giving the Lions a 1-0 lead.
It’s nothing new from what Waco High head coach Kris Kahler has seen out of his leader all season.
“He seems to score when it matters,” Kahler said. “He’s a kid that fights for every ball. Fortunately he fought for that one and got us ahead by one at the time.”
But University would answer 16 minutes later. On the attack, Humberto Cruz hammered one off the top post, which fell right to teammate Caleb Yepez, who then ripped it to the back of the net and evened the match at 1-1.
Though ending in a tie, no respect was lost from these long-time foes.
“I was really pleased with our guys and their effort tonight and I know that Waco is going to play hard each time we get together,” Chapman said. “It was just two really good soccer teams playing against each other tonight.”