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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 20, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas                                Sports New Texas February Id91 Unicorns slip into first place NB hands the Rattlers their second consecutive 275 A loss New Braunfels moved into sole possession of first place in the District 275A soccer race Tuesday night by rallying for a 21 victory over visiting San Ezell fourtheffort shot midway into the second half provided the winning margin for the who sit atop the district standings with an 81 The who lost their first district game a week ago to Smitnson fell to For New it was the sec ond consecutive victory against a playoffcontending The Uni corns edged Smitnson Valley 10 on Friday to hand the Rangers their first But Unicom Coach Sam Snyder said Tuesdays win was even more important bcause it puts his team in the drivers seat as the second half of district play To this was a bigger win than Fridays because of the fact that the pressure is no longer on he We still have to win all of the games were supposed but the pressure is on San Marcos and Smithson Were still going to have to play Snyder said his team was not nerv ous in hosting the despite Soccer District 275A Soccer Standings Team W L T Pts NewBraunlels 6 1 0 16 San Marcos 7 2 0 14 Smithson Valley 7 1 1 15 Seguin 6 3 0 12 Tlvy 3506 Canyon 3606 Clemens 2526 Boeme 2615 LocWiart 0900 Mondays Boerne Clemens 4 Todays Games Smithson Valley Canyon 0 New Braunfels San Marcos 1 Seguin LockhartO Fridays Games Smithson Valley at Seguin Canyon at San Marcos Tlvy at Clemens Boerne at LocWiart losing 40 in San Marcos in the first I thought we still looked confi even before the game got We knew we just hadnt play ed very well the first he The Unicorns received extra moti he when the idle Rattlers showed up to root for New Braunfels in its game against Smithson I think San Marcos may have taken us And when they were cheering for us on I think we looked at it as an insult because they were cheering for us because they thought they could beat Snyder The Rattlers struck first in Tues days scoring on Kevin McCar tys kick 15 minutes into the New Braunfels trailed until the final four minutes of the half when Randy Willard scored his third goal of the season on a 25yard kick off a back pass from Felipe The first half was pretty We controlled the ball real but we didnt dominate by any Wed control the ball for a then theyd have one of their booming kicks to clear it Snyder San Marcos found it harder to take advantage of its superior speed against a steady breeze in the second as the Unicorns shortpassing game proved more Not only does controlling the ball help it also negates some of the stuff they are trying to Snyder The deciding goal came 13 minutes into the second as Sanchez dribbled towards the end line to the right of the His first shot hit the keeper and bounced directly back to The same result occurred on his next two shots off the On his fourth the sophomore was able to squeeze the ball past the goalie for his 12th tally of the It was a pretty strange Snyder He finally managed to score on his fourth As fast as their goalies hands thats how fast Ezells foot As they had early in the game against Smithson Valley after secur ing a the Unicorns then dropped Sanchez back to a defensive San Marcos was able to stay on the offensive for the final 15 minutes of the but could not manage the tying Snyder credited the strong play of fullback Will Zeck in helping to keep the Rattier offense in San Mar cos leads the district in goals scored with The Rattlers outshot the Uni corns 2319 in the with Uni corn keeper Corey Sanderfbrd making 10 New Braunfels has an open date on then resumes play next Tues Soj Page 12 Pogo ball New Braunfels forward Felipe Romero looks like hes trying to stand on top of the but hes actually trapping a pass in Tuesday nights match against San Romero had an assist on the Unicorns first goal in a 21 Photo by Erik Karlsson SV hands Canyon fourth lgoal loss ByTOMLABINSKI Sports Editor Jason Dildys goal off a penalty kick minutes into the second half proved to be the only score of the night as Smithson Valley moved into second place in the District 275A race with a 10 victory over Canyon on The Rangers victory completed a season sweep over the but Tuesdays contest at Canyon was much closer than the 51 game which opened the Smithson Valley improved its record to 711 in district play as the team pulled ahead of San New Braunfels currently leads the race at The Rangers close the sea son with games against both the Uni corns and the Were looking forward to the sec ond but we cant afford to look too far said Smithson Valley Coach Larry Theres a lot of games before those two and as balanced as the district any team can sneak in and be a Canyon dropped to 36 in 275A action and 461 on the Ii was fourth time the Cougars have dropped a district match by a single I thought we played well said Coach Danny We were more intense for a longer period of time we maintained it The circumstances surrounding the games only goal made the loss even harder to he The Cougars were called for taking down Smithson Valley forward Valentin Sanchez inside the penalty We definitely fouled but before that happened he ran over one of our fullbacks to get the Bueno They had some other opportunities where they may have deserved a penalty but thai wasnt one of Dildys penalty shot found the cor ner of the despite being partially blocked by goal keeper Kristen Mal who had 10 saves in the He had a heck of a Bueno said of his who was forced to sit out the final six minutes of the first half after hurting his back while mak ing a That was one of the best efforts Ive seen by any keeper so far in Malish came up with his season high number of saves against a Smith son Valley learn which managed 15 shots on Schaffer acknowledged yMalish played but added his offense is still lacking in the ability to take advantage of its scoring I keep saying were going to break a game open Our shots just arent getting in the and were getting to the time of year where were going to need to start putting them he Schaffer credited the strong defen sive play of Sonny Sallerlee and sweeper Waller while Blake Outlaw stepped in lo replace Lanyon who was redcarded in Fri days 10 loss lo New Jason Ramsey was limited lo a frac tion of his usual playing time because of a fool Bueno said fullback Harvey Gomez did a good job of holding Sanchez in check for much of the as did Doug Hell in Sweeper Roger Gomez also had a strong he as did midfielders Jason Barucky who just joined the team after play ing on Canyons basketball team Schaffer said ihe Cougars have shown definite improvemeni since their firsl meeting with Smithson Canyons playing a lot especially than they were at the beginning of the he Theyre still real dangerous up front because they have kids who can kick the ball Bueno said he was surprised by the talent the Rangers showed on Giving chase Smithson Valleys Ezell Sanchez tries to catch up with Canyons Javier Gomez during the second half on Tuesdays contest at Cougar Stadium Photo by Erik Karlsson Theyre a whole lot better team than I thoughl ihey he And because Smiihson Valley is a strong Bueno it creates opportunities for It seems like the good teams get the and they got the big one he They played well and 1 thought we played Its one of those games where you hate lo see il decided on a penalty The Cougars will travel to San Marcos on Friday to face a Rattler team hich has losl iwo in a row since beginning 275A play wilh a 70 Smithson Valley will host a team which is still in the playoff chase wilh a 63 Seguin scores in bottom of 7th to edge the Coogs SEGUIN The Canyon Cougars lost their baseball season opener 1211 on Tuesday when the Matadors scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh With two outs and a runner on Seguin scored the gamewinner on Derek Birds triple into the rightcenter field The Matador base runner beat Canyons throw Trailing 1110 with two outs in the the Cougars had earlier forced the game to go the full seven innings by tying the game in the top of the hut Canyon was down to its final out when Donovan Riven beat out an infield Rivers stole sec then scored on Dionicio Torres base hit to tie the game The Cougars had 10 hits in the while Seguin had Rivers and Junior Rodriguez each homered for with Trey Daffin adding a and a triple and Bryan Arnold hitting two base We Canyon Coach Ralph Behrend Early in the we had a chance to score even That would have helped as it turned Linescore Canyon 104 005 10 3 001 442 11 2 Arnold Schaas 5 and Klr chner Jubela 6 and WOubela Schaas solo He said the high number of runs scored was par tially a result of a very tight strike Right down the middle of the plate was the only place either team was going to get a strike he That led to some of the Even he said the contest started out appearing like it was going to be low Canyon starter Trey Daffin allowed one run in the first three and the Cougars scored just one in the first two before breaking open with a fourrun Seguin tied the game in the scoring four off Daffin and Cougar reliever The Mata dors took a 95 lead with four more in the bottom of the Canyon recaptured the advantage at 109 in the top of the scoring five runs including a solo homer by Rivers and a tworun shot by The Matadors scored two in the bottom of the preceding Rivers infield hit and Torres gametying Canyon used three pitchers in the game Arnold and Johnny did a real good Behrend He looked real then his last inning he got a little He said all of the pitchers needed to improve on changing speeds and as they could rarely keep Seguin off Defense is another current concern for the Cou as Behrend said they need to become more confident in the The poor defense by his teammates helped lead to a strong effort by first baseman Chris He did a great job in picking up some not very accurate Behrend He had an out Pcflt Ijt Gawliks 1hitter paces Rangers in their opener ByJOEBELK Staff Writer Smithson Valley prevailed Tuesday night in its baseball season with a stellar and promising pitching performance and the hitting to back it up Junior Matt Gawlik threw a one going the distance with 12 strikeouts for a shutout in the Ran gers 70 a varsity player last was pitching for the first time on Thats all you could ask for out of Gawlik for his first varsity Smithson Valley Coach Keith Brown For a junior in his first varsity game on the he did as good as you could The one hit Gawlik gave up was to Rattler reliever Bobby who hit a slow bouncer up the Ranger second baseman Wes Penolo za made a to keep the ball from finding the but did not have time to throw out The pitch was a which Brown had called for in the It was the only pitch I called all and I ruined his he We were able to stop it up the but we just couldnt throw him Much of Gawliks offensive sup port was provided by catcher John who homered and doubled to drive in three Ranger He concentrated and got on top of the Brown said of pitchers have an advantage at this lime of The pitchers on both sides did have the advantage for the majority of the with all of Smithson Valleys runs coming in the third and fourth Gawlik struck out four of the first five batters he faced and 12 on the while San Marcos Richard Vasquez fanned all of his seven in the first three Bobby Vasquez struck out three in relief as the teams combined for 22 Vasquez was a good Brown Aside from Malts Im real happy we got to their He had a good change of youve got three pilches you have a change of and he had control of all of The Rattier starter began to tire in the third giving up his first hit to Brad Staats on a single up the Vasquez then balked Staats to and hit Jason LaRue with a fullcount pitch Pcnoloza executed a textbook sac a slowrolling bunt off a 21 to move the runners San Marcos second baseman Zach Gilmore then mishandled Jason Longs hardhit bouncer which scored and LaRuc also scored on the play when first baseman Delbert Aguilars throw home was Long later reached thin on the errant then scored when Belcher sent an 01 pitch over the leftcenter field The Rangers scored the remainder of their runs in the fourth inning after Staats opened with a He SMITHSON VALLEY r h M LaRuess 3 22 0 Pnolza2b 3000 Longlb Belchrc Gawlik p Plilrcr 4 21 1 4123 2010 0 00 0 3 00 0 0 00 0 1 00 0 1 00 0 2 00 0 1 00 0 2 00 0 1 00 0 2401 0 Ramsycf 3 00 0 Mrenoll 2 00 0 Bowrs3b 3 00 0 Stats rf Totals 2 21 26 7 0 7 4 Box score SAN MARCOS ab r h bl Plado3b 3 00 0 Wllmsph 0 00 0 Bandalf 3 00 0 Vllrhb 1 00 0 RVasqzp 2 00 0 BVasqzp 1010 Aguilrtb 3 00 0 Sotoc Glmre2b Pchcoss Gomz2b Rdrgz cf Hmdzph Mntyrrf Sllnasph Totals San Marcos 000 000 Smithson Valley 004 300 Marcos Soto Pache co Smithson Valley Marcos Smithson Valley San Marcos IP H R ERBBSO L 01 6 73 3 7 1 0 0 0 3 Smithson Valley IP H R ERBBSO Gawlik W 10 1 0 0 5 12 by advanced to second on a passed then took third on LaRues single into the hole at LaRue stole taking off before the pitcher committed to the Vasquez threw to and LaRue beat Aguilars throw to Long then hit a shot down the first base batting in Staats and mov ing LaRue lo Long then stole with the pickoff throw again headed for Aguilars throw went wide into the allowing LaRue to score and Long to reach Belcher knocked in Long for the final Smithson Valley run of the with the senior catcher bounc ing a groundrule double over the rightcenter field With the lead stuck on Gawlik made sure the zero stayed in The lefthander struck out four bailers in the final two innings and did not allow a ball hit out of the infield after the Theres no comfortable lead in this Brown Thats what we tried to keep Matl ihinking Gawliks shakiest inning was the in which he struck out the side but walked consecutive batters between the second and third Brown said he was pleased with the way the junior quickly regained his concentration and got stronger as the game He said the dominance of Gawlik prevented him from getting a good look at the Ranger though Smithson Valley generally handled the routine plays and also made some spectacular Bomc of the Rangers are still get ting used to their such as who was playing first base for the first SM 12   

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