Arturo Trevino couldn’t look, but the Fulshear boy’s soccer coach had the confidence that his player could cash in.
But Trevino heard the roar of the crowd as Isaiah Figueroa scored with 1:39 left to put the Chargers ahead in a 2-0 win over Sealy in a Region III-4A quarterfinal match Friday at Katy’s Rhodes Stadium.
“I kind of turned my head a little bit and heard the reaction from the fans,” Trevino said.
Fulshear will face Mexia/Lumberton in the regional semifinals on Friday at 11 a.m. at A&M Consolidated High School.
Figueroa, a junior midfielder, scored on a breakaway opportunity, racing down the field and putting a shot on the right side past the Tiger goalkeeper to break the scoreless draw.
“I saw the open goal and had plenty of time, so I just took my time and finished it,” Figueroa said.
Thirty seconds later, Figueroa was slammed to the turf by Sealy goalkeeper David Gomez, setting up a penalty shot. Senior forward Favour Ogieva placed his shot just underneath Gomez on the left side for the second goal to send the Chargers to the regional semis in its first postseason in school history.
Both teams played tough defense for most of the match, as neither team had a lot of scoring opportunities. Fulshear had one chance in the first half as junior forward Alaa Hindi got a shot past Gomez for a goal, but the official called him offsides.
In the second half, Figueroa had a free kick from 30 yards out, but his kick hit the crossbar, just inches from a goal.
With five minutes left in the match, Sealy’s Erik Balderas had a free kick from 35 yards out, but Charger goalkeeper Cole Burke was in the right spot to make the save.
The loss ends the Tigers’ season with a record of 12-10-4, while Fulshear moves to 18-5-4 after getting its first win over the Tigers this season.
“Every game went to the wire, and (Sealy’s) warriors,” Trevino said. “They got great coaching and great players all around, and we were happy to get a couple of chances at the end. I guess the third time is the charm.”