First District 23-5A win over Ball High, check. Win over 2017 District 24-6A champion Dickinson, check. Enter annual county soccer behemoth and well-coached Friendswood? Another win and milestone checked off.
The Texas City Stings beat the Friendswood Mustangs by the final score of 2-1 Tuesday night, led by outstanding keeper play by senior Alex Ramirez, at Stingaree Stadium.
“Three games and three victories, and (only) one goal against,” Texas City head coach Steve Allan said. “All of the pieces of the puzzle are falling into place. We are scoring goals. More importantly, we are not conceding goals. We are beating some very good teams that did well last year.”
In addition to Ramirez, the Stings have even more keeper firepower from parts unknown.
“I’ve got a dilemma with my goal keepers. I didn’t even know he was here, but another senior came to tryouts this year (senior Ely Juarez) and he was phenomenal,” Allan said. “I’m blessed with goal keepers.”
To make matters worse for the Mustangs, when Ramirez wasn’t making saves, senior central defender Dillon Bullock was stopping scoring chance upon scoring chance.
Early in the game, junior midfielder Alex Aguilera used a bit of magic to score the breakthrough goal for Texas City
In the game’s eighth minute, Aguilera dribbled through two defenders and then regained the ball just outside the penalty box, and fired a shot past the keeper’s right into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.
Just as early in the second half, in the 48th minute, Friendswood senior Alex Mai earned a penalty kick and took the kick himself, putting it just to Ramirez’s left outstretched arm to tie the game at 1-1.
Before Friendswood could mount anymore momentum, in the 51st minute, Texas City junior forward Juan Rodriguez sent a ball off Friendswood keeper Mason Hunnicutt, dropping him to the ground in pain.
Senior midfielder Eric Cabrera took full advantage of the empty net, scoring from about 20 yards out on a rope, to take a 2-1 lead.
Friendswood has another marquee matchup Friday as the Mustangs play host to Dickinson in the 24-6A opener 7 p.m. Friday.
Texas City next hits the road to take on Santa Fe at 7 p.m. Friday.