Senior Miguel Ramirez took advantage of a mishap by the goalie and shot into an empty net to give Hargrave an early lead in the seventh minute.
However, the Hargrave Falcons were unable to add to that throughout the rest of the game as they lost 2-1 to the Booker T. Washington Eagles in the Bi-District round on March 29 in Huffman.
The Falcons faced a sustained headwind of 15 miles per hour, with periodic stronger gusts, for the first half.
With the wind at their backs, the Eagles scored a pair of goals in the first half, both from senior Joaquin Flores.
“I think it (the wind) played a little bit of a factor,” said coach Chris McDermand. “It gave them some scoring opportunities that didn’t manifest themselves for us in the second half. It’s not why they scored. It got them down to our defensive third, but, in the end, it was our losing track and not marking a guy and overcommitting defensively that led to their goals.”
One the Falcons’ best scoring opportunities came midway through the second half came on a free kick from senior Will Romero that sailed about a foot over the head of Ramirez who was in great position in front of the goal.
When the team gathered after the game, McDermand addressed the seniors first. He pointed out that, when they were freshman, Hargrave didn’t even have a soccer team (the program is in its third year) and talked about how far they’ve taken the program.
“There are some seniors that we’re sure going to miss, some good leaders, some good players, some really fine young men that we’re going to miss,” he said.
After the game, the entire Falcon team saluted its fans.
“This may seem like a pretty tough loss, but we really appreciate them showing up like they did all season,” McDermand said.
The Falcons finish the season 16-7-1. They went 6-1-1 in District 21-4A and finished in second place in the district standings.
McDermand likes the direction in which the program is going.
“We’re going to be a good team for a long time, we just have to make sure we’re working hard to not let something like this happen again,” he said.