Soccer enjoying early season success

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by Mason Raven
Eagle Staff

The soccer team has had its ups and down in the past years, but with the addition of a new players this season, there is much optimism and expectations on the year to the avenge their 2008 loss in the state championship game.

Two weeks ago, the Eagles participated in their own tournament at Granger Stadium.

Although they did not come out with any wins and posted a record of 0-2-1 in the tournament, the record does not tell the whole story.

They left with more confidence and charisma considering they played, according to coach Mike Adair, the top team from Louisiana.

“We gained more confidence,” Adair said.

The team improved to a 3-3-1 record and 1-0 in district play last Tuesday night after defeating St. Pius 4-2.

Senior Davi Perez again proved his increasing dominance in the box by only letting up two goals against a Pius team that is very quick and efficient on their shots on goal.

Sophomore transfer midfielder Lisandro Sanchez scored a goal which only expanded his impressive resume that includes playing on the Houston Dynamo Academy team.

Adair was very pleased with their performance on Tuesday night.

“Pius came out physical,” Adair said, “but we countered that by playing really well, which gave us more confidence.”

Underclassmen, along with a few seniors, are making a huge impact on the success and growing reputation of the soccer team.

Senior Leo Bello and juniors Diego Saavedra and Junior Carrera make up the back line that Adair has stated is playing “tremendous.”

They are either starting or first off the bench to assist the soccer team.

Sanchez has made a huge impact on the offense and charisma of the team by playing Saavedra counterpart at midfield.

The Eagles will have some more chances to prove their increasingly high expectations by playing a tournament in Florida Dec. 27 – 29, and a tournament in Dallas Jan. 12 – 14.

These tournaments will expose the relatively young Eagles to more of a consistent quality of play and testing their potential title hopes.

“There are no cupcakes in the schedule,” Adair said. “We still want to continue to play well to elevate our play.”

The soccer team faced district foe Houston Christian on Dec. 2 and destroyed the Mustangs 6-0. Later that week the Eagles faced St. John’s and won handily 4-0. This past Friday the Eagles played another district opponent, Beaumont Kelly, and the squad played vailantly but fell 0-3, and is now 5-4-1 on the season and 2-1 in district play.

“We are the odds on favorite in district,” Adair said. “There is a lot to be excited about with this team.”

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