The Trojans got a taste of playoff soccer and will have that taste to savor until next year’s probable return trip. Head coach Gerald Bermea took a club that has played hard but never really won on a consistent basis over the last few years into the playoffs.
“I was very proud of our kids for rising up and accomplishing huge things this year and I was proud to coach them,” Bermea said.
The Trojans finished in second place in district with a 7-3 record that was just a game behind the district winner.
The team played well on Tuesday, but the Wolves exhibited a great passing game and ball handling abilities. The LBJ boys controlled the tempo of the contest and got two first half goals to take a 2-0 lead into halftime.
The second half was a scoreless tie through most of the 40 minutes. A late penalty kick by the Wolves got them their final goal with about five minutes left in the contest.
The Beeville offensive attack of Jose Amador, J.J. De La Garza and Dillon Jansen had a few opportunities but the LBJ defense got the good bounce all night and were able to turn back the Beeville boys.
The Trojans got good minutes from Chet Sparks, Zach Johnson, Bryan Elliott, Frank Gutierrez. Lonnie Jordan, Preston Tabb, Peyton Tabb and other defenders. Trojan goal keeper Arturo Martinez allowed two goals and the penalty kick to get by him but all were very tough chances.
“I had a great group of kids to work with that give it their all every day. We had a lot of support from the parents of many of our athletes that stood behind us every game, no matter how far the drive on those long school nights, so I really appreciate that,” the coach said.
“I am very proud of our JV team this year as they won several games this season as well as worked their hardest to get our varsity ready each week.”
The Trojans will be back next year wanting more success.