The Dickinson Gators had a chance to shoot ahead of the Alvin Yellowjackets into first place in District 24-6A, but remain right in the middle of the district title chase after battling Alvin to a 0-0 draw Friday night at Alvin Memorial Stadium.
Dickinson’s defense, led by keeper Riley Martinez, kept the Yellowjackets in their nest, while chances for the Gators offense to score against the bigger, more physical Alvin defense came few and far between.
In the ninth minute of the first half, it was Dickinson’s Sebastian Renovato running down and clearing a ball that was sent past Martinez and into an empty net.
In the 13th minute, Dickinson’s Jaime Garcia beat Alvin’s defense for a one-versus-one chance, but fell victim to the turf monster, falling down and losing possession.
Jonathan Amaya stole a ball in Alvin’s third of the pitch, made a nice run on goal, but Yellowjacket keeper J.T. McCoy was there to stop his shot.
Martinez faced another one-on-one opportunity later in the half, this time making the save himself.
In the game’s 65th minute, Amaya had another opportunity on goal, but McCoy made another save.
Seconds later, after a bad clearance by Alvin, Amaya had another opportunity on goal, but missed by just inches.
Dickinson (6-1-4, 22 points) now finds itself in third place, as Friendswood (7-2-2, 23 points) won its matchup with Clear Creek, 1-0.
Next up for the Gators is a home game against Clear Creek, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.