It’s been a decade since the last time the 2017 District 24-6A champion Dickinson Gators champions beat the Friendswood Mustangs and the streak continued Friday night as the teams, behind great goal keeper efforts, settled for a 0-0 draw at Henry Winston Stadium.
The goal keepers, Dickinson’s Riley Martinez and Mustang Joseph De Oliveria (who filled in for Mason Hunnicutt), made high-stress saves all game.
Mustang Zach Montz had the game’s first scoring opportunity, but his shot was hauled out of the air by Martinez.
Less than a minute later in the 8th minute, Eduardo Escobedo, whose size and speed gave the Mustangs fits all game, sent a shot on goal, but De Oliveria was there for the stop.
Martinez had an exceptional sequence in the 22nd minute, first stopping a volley from Mustang Royal Nieto, who was assisted by a corner kick by Montz.
Before Martinez had time to reset another cross was sent his way, but he had no trouble punching the ball away at full extension in midair.
Martinez looked to have rolled his ankle as he came down, but would shortly return to the game.
Later in the first half, Mustang Josh Murphy made a great run toward goal, only to be turned away by Dickinson defender Marco Perez.
In the 44th minute, Nieto and Montz teamed up for a sweet give-and-go, but before Nieto could get a good shot at goal Martinez slid in for the stop.
Minutes later, Escobedo hooked up with Jonathan Amaya on a long cross, but Amaya mis-struck the ball and it sailed wide of goal.
In the 52nd minute, a run by Escobedo was turned away by Mustang defenders Evan Birsinger and Saif Jamal.
De Oliveria made another save in the 56th minute, turning away a shot on goal by Escobedo
The last 11 minutes of the game got frantic, when in the 69th minute Murphy made a nice run on goal and sent a shot on goal; however, Martinez made an amazing save to keep the Mustangs off the scoreboard.
Less than a minute later, De Oliveria punched another shot on goal away, and in the 72nd minute, collected another Escobedo grounded blast.
In the game’s 79th minute Montz, with maybe the best shot of the night, sent a free kick on goal, only to be turned away by Martinez again.
Friendswood (now 0-0-1 in district), will go on the road to face Clear Falls (0-1-0), 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Clear Lake travels to play Dickinson (0-0-1), 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.