The games that matter more are finally upon the Tiger soccer players, with District 23-4A contests beginning with Monday night’s meeting with the Rice Raiders in Altair.
The Lady Tigers closed out non-district play with a trip to Katy to square off with the Paetow Panthers who compete in Class 5A’s District 19. Although Sealy came out on the short end, 4-0, head coach Adrian Rocha knew this tough stretch would only prepare his team down the road.
“All these games that we’re losing, it’s just getting them the feeling for district,” he said after a 5-0 home loss to La Grange. “With a team the size that we have, we have to take these losses and work with them to prepare us for the district schedule.”
With that, the work was cut out for them and all the extra lessons will be coming to fruition from here on out.
Last year, the Lady Tigers secured the third seed going into the playoffs behind Fulshear and Needville and ahead of Stafford, the latter two of which will be seen in this early stage of district play.
Sealy will travel to Stafford to face the Lady Spartans to close this week of play Friday before playing host to the Lady Jays from Needville next Monday, Feb. 3, at 5 p.m.
For the Tigers and head coach Juan Perez, the boys closed their non-district slate with a trio of games last week although all were losses; Bellville, 2-0; Foster, 4-1; and Navasota, 6-2.
Samuel Ramos found the back of the net for Sealy against Foster while Xavier Olvera and Jose Rodriguez scored against Navasota.
The Tigers have been on the road since a Jan. 6 showdown with La Grange that ended in the hosts’ favor 3-0, and things will stay that way this week with district games on the road at Rice and Stafford before the district home opener on Feb. 3 against the Needville Blue Jays.
Last year, Sealy secured the fourth seed from District 23 behind Fulshear, Stafford and Royal, although they made some of the loudest noise in the tournament, pulling off upsets to arrange another meeting with the Chargers from Fulshear but the Tigers came up short in the third round.