Tigers split district-opening week

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After taking down Rice Consolidated, 2-1, to open district play, the Sealy Tiger boys’ soccer squad fell by a similar 2-1 margin to Stafford to even out after opening week.

Erick Balderas’ goal was the difference-maker in the district-opener on the road in Altair. Gabriel Portillo was credited with the assist before the Rice Raiders scored a goal to add fuel to the fire.

It was again Balderas who found the back of the net in Sealy’s next game, also on the road in Stafford. George Regalado registered the assist, but it was the Tigers’ lone tally in the game as Kevin Rodriguez allowed both Stafford goals pass in his 70 minutes minding the Sealy net.

The Tigers again took to the road to kick this week off, squaring off with the Needville Blue Jays who were fresh off a district-opening loss to Brookshire Royal, 6-3.

The host Jays were able to bounce back and took a 3-2 decision over Sealy despite goals from Ricky Avila and Samuel Ramos.

Tiger head coach Juan Perez saw some things that he liked out of Monday night’s loss but knows the potential is there to string some wins together. He said some mistakes on the back end of the formation have been holding the team back, but the coach will have the remainder of the week to hit the practice field with his squad before going to Royal to begin next week’s play.

Although the varsity team has the rest of the week off, the freshman team will play Weimar this Friday at 7:30 p.m. at T.J. Mills Stadium.

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