The Texas City Stingarees battled back not once, but twice to defeat the Galena Park Yellowjackets for their eighth consecutive win, to take over the top spot in District 23-5A with a 4-2 win Tuesday at Stingaree Stadium.
Battling a brisk south wind all first half, the Stings found themselves down 1-0 early in the first half and went into the locker room trailing, 2-1, only to fight back with three unanswered goals in the second half.
Texas City head coach Steve Allan was pleased about how his team responded following adversity twice in a game.
“Tonight that was the thing I was pleased about,” Allan said. “I was so pleased with the character of the team. We haven’t been behind very often, and we’re playing a team that’s a point ahead of us. To go behind twice and come back shows something. At the end of the game, we were totally dominant.”
The Yellowjackets went ahead 1-0 in the game’s 9th minute when Johnathon Trevino beat the defense to find the back of the net.
A minute later, Stingaree senior Ed Moninghoff put away a long-ranged free kick that bounced its way around the 18-yard box to even up the score 1-1.
Yellowjacket Israel Escudero put the Stings down 2-1 in the 29th minute of the first half when he scored from the right side of the 18-yard box.
With the wind finally at their backs, the Stings tied the game up in the 13th minute of the second half when a corner kick by sophomore Carlos Rodriguez found junior Eric Cabrera, who sent a scorching headed shot into the back of the net, tying the game up at 2-2.
The Stings spent the next 12 minutes building up scoring chances until they finally broke through to take the lead off another corner kick, this time taken by sophomore Alex Aguilera, which eventually found the boot of Cabrera, who sent the ball into goal to give the Stings the lead, 3-2, in the 25th minute of the second half.
A minute later, junior Jonathan Castillo put the game away after putting away another goal off another corner kick by Aguilera, slamming the door shut on Galena Park with a 4-2 lead in the 26th minute.
Allan provided his recipe for the winning streak, in which Texas City has outscored opponents, 30-6.
“We are building this on solid defense, team defense,” Allan said. “It’s not the goal keeper, it’s not the back four. They all defend. We changed our formation. We play two big guys up top now, Julio Rivera and Juan Rodriguez, who complement each other. And it looks like we can score, for fun.”
Texas City (9-1-1 in district) looks to extend its winning streak and lead over second-place Galena Park when the team goes on the road to face Fort Bend Willowridge at 7 p.m. Friday.