After opening district play in convincing fashion over a first-year varsity program in Rice Consolidated, the Tigers fell in a pair of contests by a 2-1 margin, dropping their record to 1-2 although nearly all of the season still remains.
The first came last Friday at home against the Spartans of Stafford and the girls led off with a dominating win of their own, securing a 5-0 shutout of the Lady Spartans to set the stage for the boys’ contest.
However, there were many fewer goals scored and all of them were saved for the second half.
Chances were coming on both ends of the field but it was finally a shot from in close that was out of the reach of Tiger goalkeeper David Gomez that opened the scoring with just over 33 minutes remaining in the game.
It wasn’t much later that the equalizing goal was provided by Sealy’s Ricky Avila, sprung ahead by a long lead pass from Erick Balderas that left him alone behind the keeper where a quick tap was all he needed to tie the game.
But before a tweet could even be sent on that scoring update, the Spartans struck back, taking the lead back not 30 seconds after losing it, taking some wind out of the Tigers’ sails.
“We made more mistakes than goals we played like always, just didn’t score in the first half,” Sealy head coach Juan Perez noted. “But [Stafford] came out very aggressive in the second half and we had the ball right there but we gave it away and they scored but I’m proud of my guys, that’s a good team.”
Perez added that the Spartans were made up of plenty of seniors, a notion he cannot quite relate to.
Even still in that generational gap, he was proud of the way his Tigers played against a solid team; he just knows they needed to eliminate those costly mistakes.
After the weekend it was time for a trip to Needville where Perez was also hoping to get a few players back from injury, a few players he needed on the field.
He added his team had been playing with only one extra player for the last little stretch and with the weekend off, he was hoping to have his players rested for the competition with the Blue Jays.
Although Balderas added another goal to his total on the year, that was the only scoring for those in black and gold, and the hosts in Needville walked away with a 2-1 decision leading into an open rest of the week for Sealy.
The Tigers will come back next week with home games against Royal and Fulshear, needing to gain some ground before falling too far behind early on.