Tiger soccer kicks off

Sealy scrimmages twice, opens regular season this weekend

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After seeing plenty of positives from the team’s two scrimmages, Sealy Tiger head soccer coach Juan Perez is excited to finally play regular season games and will get plenty out of the gate.

The Tigers traveled to Bay City Dec. 13 for their first action of the season before hosting Navasota Dec. 17, ultimately outscoring opponents 10-1.

“We started right where we left it last year,” Perez said after the first scrimmage. “We controlled the ball, especially during the second half, and stopped their counterattacks to just one goal and one opportunity through the whole game.”

In the second scrimmage, Sealy scored seven goals to add even more fuel to the fire.

“The best thing, I think, was that we were able to score,” the coach said following the home scrimmage. “We only had one new guy, Amador Lopez, and I see the difference when you have a guy who’s able to score, he probably scored three goals.”

Running headlong into the Madisonville Showcase where the Tigers are guaranteed at least three matches, Perez was already looking forward to playing for real.

“I feel very confident because in the past few years we haven’t scored a lot of goals, we might score one or two at the most,” he said. “I see the differences this year, we’ve been working different and we’re gonna go for it. I am going to enjoy this coming season for sure.”

What he also enjoyed seeing out of the Navasota scrimmage was his squad playing well in a new offensive formation with four goal-scoring forwards up in the zone and a trio of midfielders then defenders behind them.

“For the first time in years, we played 4-3-3 so we’re probably going to be able to use it to be more aggressive,” Perez said. “I look to the other teams and I know we’re going to have tough teams like Fulshear, people are saying they got even better, and Royal again, so let’s see what happens.”

Sealy started with games against Hempstead and Madisonville on Jan. 2 to start the season-opening tournament with Montgomery next up on Jan. 3. The Tigers will play host to La Grange Jan. 6 before heading to the Brenham Tournament that weekend.

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