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South Houston rallies by Pasadena in soccer finale 6-3

March 14, 2017

South Houston’s varsity boys soccer team spotted Pasadena a 2-0 advantage before storming back to capture a 6-3 regular season-ending District 22-6A soccer match at Veterans Memorial Stadium Monday night.Four Trojans found the back of the net for the come-from-behind win, allowing South Houston to finish the district race with an 8-6 ledger. But in disbelieving fashion, the Trojans will miss the state playoffs.For Pasadena, it was more disappointing than disbelieving. The Eagles, a regular in the postseason campaign, will be sitting at home this go-around. It was just three seasons ago that head coach Gavin Bruce’s club lost to Clements in the Region III championship match.Richard Lopez scored the first comeback goal when he took advantage of Pasadena’s goalie coming out of the net.Then in the second half, South Houston couldn’t be stopped. Abner Lopez, who almost scored the hat trick just in the second half alone, knotted the score with 26:14 remaining in the match. Then less than seven minutes later, the Trojans were taking the lead for good as Kevin Gonzalez connected with 19:57 left. Collecting the assist on the score was Richard Lopez.The Trojans came up with arguably their prettiest goal of the entire district race when with 11:37 remaining, Irving Moreno, from approximately the 25-yard line, lofted a perfectly-placed ball that sailed over the Pasadena goalie’s head and landed in the left corner.That was probably the icing on the cake but Abner Lopez scored his second goal with 9:27 left, creating a 5-2 advantage, the Trojans’ fifth unanswered goal.The two teams would trade goals over the final 4:25 with Gonzalez scoring his second goal with under a minute to play, creating the final score.For the match, South Houston finished with a match-high 17 shots-on-goal. The majority of those arrived over the final 40 minutes.