COLLEGE STATION — In order for a soccer team to reach its goals, it must first score them.
University’s boys couldn’t find the net against a stingy Spring Woods team, as the Tigers ended the Trojans’ season with a 2-0 win in the Class 5A regional quarterfinals Tuesday at A&M Consolidated.
Spring Woods (19-2-3) moves on to this weekend’s regional tournament in Huntsville, while University closes out its season at 18-4-4.
It was that kind of night for Central Texas teams, as both the Gatesville boys and Lorena girls were also defeated in their regional quarterfinal matches Tuesday.
Defense ruled the day for much of the University-Spring Woods matchup, with both Tigers goalkeeper Franklin Sanchez and University’s Omar Gonzalez coming up with some sensational saves. At halftime, the game remained scoreless.
The Trojans had some chances early in the second half, including a couple of corner kick tries, but couldn’t convert. Finally, Spring Woods broke through with just under 23 minutes to play, and University — which won state two years ago — couldn’t come up with the equalizer. Instead, Fritz Hey punched in a second goal for the Tigers with 3:30 to play to thwart University’s comeback hopes.
Spring Woods will face Missouri City Ridge Point in the Region III-5A semifinals Friday.
Palestine 4, Gatesville 1: In College Station, the top-ranked Wildcats used their heads in ending a program-best playoff run by Gatesville in the Class 4A Region III quarterfinals. Palestine (24-1-3) scored on three headers in the first half alone in taking a commanding 3-0 lead.
Gatesville (19-4) broke up the shutout attempt early in the second half, but couldn’t complete the comeback.
Still, it was a historic season for Van Collins’ Gatesville team, which won the school’s first-ever district championship and tallied the first playoff wins with triumphs over Lufkin Hudson and Splendora.
Hardin-Jefferson 4, Lorena 0: In Huntsville, the high-scoring Lady Hawks found the net three times in the first half in silencing Lorena.
Hardin-Jefferson (21-2-2) recorded its 22nd match with at least four goals in garnering the win. The Lady Leopards, who had put together a Cinderella playoff run with wins over Palestine and Silsbee, close the year at 10-10-1.