“We played well in both games. In the game we lost 2-0, we out-shot UD and their first goal was a fluke,” said CBC soccer head coach Bill Cleavelin.
In Friday’s first match, the Cougars took a 1-0 lead with Christian Padron finding the back of the net off an assist by Jhostan Padron and Victor Carbajal. The lone CBC score held up through the first half and the Cougars took the one goal advantage into the halftime break.
CBC had six shots on goal over the first 45 minutes while the Beeville defense held the University of Dallas squad to just two.
The second half opened with the Cougars’ offense in top form. The CBC men kept the UTD goal keeper busy with 18 shots on goal. Three of those made it across the goal line for scores.
Cougar Mario Rodriguez scored at the 46-minute mark of the game with assists from Ruben Ramirez and Arnold Pruneda.
The Crusaders got their lone goal of the match in the 53rd minute to pull within one at 2-1. CBC was not finished and Christian Padron got his second goal of the day 17 minutes later to put the Cougars in front 3-1. Daniel Lopez and Inaki Flores picked up the assists on the goal by Padron.
The Cougars scored their final goal with just a minute left in the match. Jhostan Padron but the ball past the UD keeper for the 4-1 final. Kris Mireles and Victor Carbajal picked up the assists on the Cougars’ final score.
The Cougar keeper, Pruneda, was not a busy man on Friday, recording just one save in the second half. The Cougar defense kept the Crusaders bottled up and most of the match was played in the UD end of the field.
In match two on Saturday, the Cougars out-shot the Crusaders again but all the bounces went the home team’s way.
The two squads played to a scoreless first half, but the Crusaders struck for two goals in the second 45 minutes to capture the 2-0 victory.
CBC had 16 shots on goal while the Crusaders got their two scores on 11 tries. The Crusader keeper recorded seven saves on Saturday while Pruneda had four second half saves for CBC.
“The main thing is that we played well even in the loss. We have some work to do but I have told them it is a journey and our goal is to make the regional tournament at the end of October,” said Cleavelin.
The Cougars are at home this weekend. Friday afternoon they played a 1 p.m. match with Northeast Texas Community College and today (Saturday) the Cougars will take on Lon Morris College at 2 p.m. Both games will be played on the Beeville Soccer Club field behind the Boys & Girls Club.