With an entire half of soccer left to play, the thought of a hat trick entered the mind of sophomore Ricky Avila, he admitted, but he was alright to settle without it in exchange for a playoff win.
“It gives us confidence when we start going and all we needed was that first goal to get our confidence,” Avila said, referencing the opening score exactly five minutes into the contest.
It was due to be a tight contest against district-champion Brazosport, but a little extra since this was the team that ended Sealy’s season in the playoffs last year.
Avila added a goal with just over two to play until halftime and his head coach, Juan Perez, knew multiple goals were going to be needed as he was expecting an explosion from the Exporters.
The visitors did put a ball over the goal line on a penalty kick, and although goalkeeper David Gomez got a good chunk of it, Alfredo Guel’s shot was strong enough to trickle over to make it a 2-1 game with a majority of the second half to play.
But that was the extent of the Brazosport offense as senior Alex Avila provided the finishing blow with only 7:26 showing, advancing the Tigers to the Area Championship and evening the score by ending the Exporters’ season this time around.
Not only that, but Sealy accomplished that from the No. 4 seed which can sometimes carry a negative connotation.
“When you’re fourth place, nobody thinks you’re going to be able to win that’s the truth,” Perez said.
His squad had a quick turnaround and returned to T.J. Mills Stadium to possibly prove more people wrong when they hosted the third-seeded Booker T. Washington War Eagles Tuesday night.