The Texas City Stings began the second half of district play on the right note, beating the Ball High Tors in a 2-0 victory Tuesday night at Kermit Courville Stadium.
A first-half goal by Juan Rodriguez gave the Stings a 1-0 advantage at intermission before Chandler Pickett's second-half strike put the game away.
"We started the season really well and then for three weeks we fell," said Texas City head coach Steve Allan. "We needed to come back with a solid performance tonight, and I challenged the guys to do that and that's what they did."
Texas City improved to 5-3-1 in District 23-5A play while Ball High fell to 0-8-1.
"The boys played very hard," said Ball High head coach Stephen Lewis. "Their willingness and effort never ceased. I'm very proud of them."
The Stings had multiple chances to get on the board early in the game. Texas City fired a shot that went wide left of the net just six minutes into the game before the Stings had two corner kicks go to waste.
Texas City's Santiago Faus had a shot saved but it wasn't until 15 minutes before halftime when the Stings finally went in front with Rodriguez finding the back of the net.
The Tors created a few scoring opportunities of their own and nearly scored before halftime off a free kick that went over the goal.
"Defensively, we didn't concede and that was one of our goals," Allan said. "We wanted to keep them out. We felt at halftime that if we got one more goal then we'd be fine."
In the 59th minute, Pickett doubled the lead for Texas City.
Despite the loss, the Tors had a better showing this time against Texas City, losing in their last meeting 4-0.
"Last time, they beat us by four goals, but tonight we held them to five or six real chances," Lewis said. "At times, I felt like we outplayed them but give credit to Texas City. They played really well."
Looking ahead, Allan is confident about his team finishing in a respectable spot in the district standings.
"Well, we really felt good about repeating as district champions but that may be beyond us now," Allan said. "We need to get as high as we can because we plan on going deep in the playoffs."