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Crucial soccer matches as end of district appears within sight

Two weeks from now, the district soccer season will be concluding for the Big Six schools of districts 61-4A and 30-5A. With no games next Friday due to Spring Break, the local teams only have four games remaining to secure their playoff spots and work towards a district championship.

For the boys, the district championship won’t be easy as both defending district champs are currently in second.

Sharyland was upset by Donna a week and a half ago, losing 3-2. Officially, the Rattlers are tied with Donna in the win/loss column and also in their point total, but the team’s two losses have come at the feet of the Redskins and thus relegating the defending champs to second place.

With only home games left on the schedule, Sharyland has a great opportunity to win the rest of their games. However, the Mission Eagles will pose a challenge to that strong finish.

In fact, the Eagles may be a determining factor between Donna and Shary as they face both teams in this final stretch. Currently in the fourth spot, Christos Barouhas’ team (6-4 with 16 points) needs all the victories it can get to distance themselves from fifth-placed McHi (5-5 with 14 points).

Thus a victory will be needed tonight against La Joya, the district’s third-place team. The Coyotes (6-4 with 20 points) started district play hot, winning their first four games—including a district opening win over Donna—before losing four of their next six. A win in regulation will give the Coyotes a commanding seven-point lead over Mission.

For the girls of 30-5A, Sharyland seems ready to win district after placing second to McHi in 2011. Though they have dominated district by outscoring their opponents 41-6—that is twice as many scored goals as anyone else—Mario Lopez’s team is only four points ahead of second-place Memorial. The two teams square off tonight to see if Shary can widen its district lead or if the Lady Mustangs can turn Shary’s dominance into a tight race.

No other girls’ Big Six school is in the top four of 30-5A, but La Joya is just three points out. Facing Mission tonight and McHi on Tuesday, back-to-back wins will be crucial.

Like the Shary boys, Juarez is looking to defend their 2011 district title, but are currently in second. Tonight may be the Huskies’ final chance as they face the culprit of their sole loss tonight in the Roma Gladiators. Losing to the team from Starr County in week two of district place, Juarez will face an uphill battle in Starr County as Roma has only two goals scored on them in district play. In the two teams’ first meeting, Roma won 1-0.

For third-placed Veterans Memorial, a postseason bid is likely though not guaranteed. The top two teams are clearly Juarez and Roma. However, the Patriots have proven to be able to handle Grulla, Zapata and Rio Grande City. Having beaten the Gators and Hawks by a combined 8-1 score, the crucial game will be with the Rattlers three games from now. The Pats only hold a onepoint lead over RGC who has also been able to take down Grulla and Zapata.

For the girls of 61-4A, both teams are destined for a postseason appearance in their five-team district. Undefeated in district play, the Lady Huskies have three point lead over Roma, whom they host tonight. The first time these two teams met, the Lady Huskies squeaked by with a win via a shootout. A straight-up loss will enact a tie for the district’s top spot, but anything else will keep Juarez at the top.

The Lady Patriots, on the other hand are 3-2, holding a five point lead over Rio Grande City.

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