Volunteers get revenge, milestone
SEGUIN - Lee boys soccer coach David Rogers simply wanted to make amends for what happened a year ago.
The Volunteers were poised for a deep run in the Class 6A playoffs last year. Instead, they suffered a three-goal loss to Austin Westlake in the opening round.
Lee got vengeance, putting on a masterful display en route to rocking Westlake 5-0 Thursday at Texas Lutheran University’s Gustafson Field. Rogers collected his 350th win. He has also coached at Boerne, Boerne Champion and Denton Ryan during an 18-year career. He led Boerne to a state title in 2006 and Champion in 2011.
“I think the boys really bought into a philosophy tonight of playing great possession and building the ball up as a team,” Rogers said. “We talked about needing to play the full 80 minutes.”
In the nightcap of a tripleheader, the Volunteers (14-5-4) scored twice in the first half to grab control and added three in the final 40 minutes to leave no doubt.
Antonio Lopez, Alberto Mendoza, Samuel Gebremariam, Wilmar Aguilar and Hurey Araya each scored a goal for Lee, which lost to Westlake 4-1 in the same round in 2017.
Austin Westlake 3, Lee 2: Addie Hackney converted a penalty kick following a handball with three minutes left to play as the Chaparrals used a big second half to rally for the victory.
Hackney’s tally was the final blow in a three-goal second half for Westlake, which including goals by Ally Huang and Juliet Yznaga only five minutes apart early in the second half to overcome a 1-0 halftime deficit.
“I think just winning the 50-50 balls and just having the eagerness to get up forward and just wanting it more than they did,” Lee senior forward Savannah Vathy said. “They came out ready to come back and they wanted it more than we did, obviously.”
The Volunteers (19-3-4) bounced back to tie it at 2-2 in the 63rd minute when Kendall Kloza headed in Abbie Jones’ corner kick. Lee led 1-0 at the intermission when Jenevieve Jackson put in a pass from Kloza.
Austin Vandegrift 2, Reagan 1: Paige Crossman scored one goal and assisted on another as the Vipers rallied for the victory.
The defending Region IV-6A champion, Vandegrift ended Reagan’s season for the second year in a row. The Vipers won a year ago on penalty kicks in the third round.
Hailey Hoffman scored Vandegrift’s other goal late in the first half, a score that swung the momentum after Reagan (11-11-2) had the better of play for most of the first half. Reagan led 1-0 on Brynne Jackson’s goal in the 14th minute off Sarah Puga’s corner kick.
“It just brought back memories from last year,” said Jackson, a junior. “We had a couple of breakaways but they finished and we didn’t.”