The Texas City Stings played some of their best soccer despite losing, 1-0, to the No. 1 team in District 23-5A, the Galena Park Yellow Jackets, on Friday at Galena Park.
Texas City’s Coach Steve Allan couldn’t have been happier with the way his team played tonight.
“I’m very pleased with the guys,” said Allan. “We’ve played worse than that and came away with three points; tonight we played really well and came away with nothing. The good things were that we were solid at the back, we passed the ball well, and we created chances.”
The Stings came into this game with a two-game winning streak. The Stings lost their earlier matchup the Yellow Jackets, 3-0.
In the 22nd minute, Galena Park’s Jorge Abarca beat Texas City’s Johnathan Castillo down the right side of the pitch. Abarca took the shot but Texas City’s goalkeeper Alex Ramirez made an outstanding diving save.
In the 29th minute, Galena Park had another chance by Abarca that was set up by the goalkeeper’s free kick. Ramirez put his body on the line in a one-on-one situation to get the save.
The game was tied, 0-0, at halftime with Galena Park having two shots on target while Texas City didn’t have any.
In the 46th minute, Galena Park had another chance but were unable to convert. Johnathan Trevino’s shot went wide to the right after he beat the Texas City’s center backs.
In the 50th minute, Texas City’s Alexis Salas had his header from the free kick go off the crossbar, it was Texas City’s best scoring chance in the game.
In the 54th minute, Texas City’s goalkeeper made his third save of the game on a 30-yard missile by Galena Park’s Carlos Quinones.
In the 58th minute, Galena Park scored their first goal of the game on a free kick by Quinones, which hit off a Galena Park player right to Abarca, who made it from 15 yards out.
Allan believed that the referees missed two key calls late in the second half. The first was offside call by the ref when Allan believed his player was onside. Allan also believed that with about three minutes left in the game, Texas City should’ve been awarded a penalty kick.
“A couple of decisions went against us,” said Allan. “When things go against you, you have to accept it, but it’s tough.”
Texas City’s next game is against Fort Bend Willowridge at Texas City on Tuesday.