Trojan varsity soccer competes at VISD tournament
by Bruce Harper
Jan 25, 2014 | 145 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
VICTORIA – The Trojan varsity soccer team rallied in their second tournament of the season Jan. 17-18 to turn things around after two opening day defeats.

The Beeville boys won their Saturday match-up with Alice, then tied a good Bay City squad in their tournament finale at the Victoria ISD tournament.

The Beeville boys opened with a 3-1 loss to the West Warriors. All goals were scored in the first half as the teams settled into a defensive battle over the second half. Ricardo Vasquez tied things up with Beeville’s goal at 1-1 early in the first half. The Warriors rallied and put two more shots into the back of the net to lead 3-1 at the halftime break.

Neither team was able to score in the second half as the Warriors held on for the 3-1 win.

“We were not able to get the ball back in the net but we had a lot of shots to make it but we couldn’t capitalize,” said head coach Joshua Blake.

The Titans from Victoria East were up next for the Trojans. The match was a defensive standoff for the first half of play. The two teams were tied at 0-0 at the intermission.

In the second half, the Titans scored first but the Beeville boys answered right back as Cameron Chappa scored with help from Brenden Joyce and Vasquez. But that was all the Trojans would get and the Titans went on to a 3-1 victory over the Beeville boys.

On Saturday, the Trojans rallied and put a swift end to their losing streak. The Alice Coyotes were the competition in a game for a chance to play in the tournament’s third place match.

Josue Sancez got the Trojans started with a goal in the first half, the only goal to be made until the second half.

Alice tied the match early in the second half, but with Brenden Joyce back in the line-up, the Trojans offense started to click. Sancez got his second goal off of a Joyce assist. Joyce later out-played the Coyote keeper on a one-on-one play to get the third goal of the match for the Trojans. That was the final score, a 3-1 win for the Trojans.

In the match for third place in the tourney, the Beeville boys faced off against Bay City. The Bay City boys hit one past a lunging Trojan keeper, Eddie Vasquez, for the first goal of the match. The Trojans answered later in the match as the tandem of Joyce and Sancez again struck gold for the Trojans. There were still about six minutes left on the clock at the time of the gaol but neither teams could penetrate the other’s defense. The match ended in a 1-1 tie.

The teams went to a penalty kick tie-breaker and the Bay City boys got the best of it, 3-1 to claim third place.

“After the tournament, I told them that they played their hearts out and left it all on the field. They fought hard in every game, and all the hard work we put in during the offseason is starting to pay off,” said Blake.

This weekend, the Trojans travel to Seguin for another tournament.

“We are looking for more success and going to try and bring back hardware this week,” Blake said.
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