New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 13, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
HeisM-Zeitung, New Braunfels, Texas
Wednesday, February 13, 1991
Rangers prevail on penalty kick
Cougars score five
Smithson Valley's Chad Knibbe (8) works the ball between two San Marcos defenders in Tuesday night's battle between District 27-5A leaders. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
The Smithson Valley Rangers remain District 27-5A’s wily unbeaten soccer team, winning a critical Tuesday night battle against San Marcos, 2-1.
Jason Dildy’s penalty kick proved the difference, with the center halfback scoring the decisive goal with 18 minutes left to clinch Ranger Coach Larry Schaffer’s 100th career victory.
“In addition to being a big win for the team, it put me at the century marie,” Schaffer said as his team moved into first place. “If there’s one you can save it for, (this would be a good one).”
The Rattlers, unbeaten and untied in seven previous contests, had only given up one goal before the Smithson Valley game. The Rangers, who lied Clemens but have not lost a match, regained the district lead.
“It was a great win for the kids. I’ll tell you,” Schaffer said, with the team improving to 6-0-1 in district. “It was every bit of what we thought it would be. San Marcos is a pretty good bunch — a pretty classy bunch and hard working. Their halfback line can give you a heart attack just watching them play, because they're so dangerous.”
He said the defense, which had been holding opponents to very few goals, had benefitted from an offense which controlled the ball. Against San Marcos, however, the defense had to prove itself.
“Our defense just stood up and withheld them,” Schaffer said. “(Keeper) Mark May and (sweeper) Keith Wood and the defensive line hadn’t been put through this kind of pressure, and they all did an admirable job.”
Fullback Jason Boss marked the Rattlers’ Adrian Villanueva, whose only shot was the team’s only goal. Schaffer said Boss effectively kept
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The Clemens Buffaloes got a tuneup for the playoffs Tuesday night, possibly even a tougher one than they expected from Smithson Valley.
The Rangers stayed with the state-ranked District 26-4A champions for three of the game’s four quarters, with Clemens picking up 13 of its 14-point surplus during the second quarter.
“We played very hard and very well,” Smithson Valley Coach Roger Kraft said, as his young team finished the season 11-18 and 3-7 in district. “The effort was good all the time — the effort’s always been good.
“I thought we played hard the entire game. In the second quarter,
him from being a factor.
Villanueva scored 12 minutes into the game with a short, fast shot thai was too high, fast and close for May to handle. Schaffer said another Rattler had swatted the ball down with his hand, and the Rangers hesitated while waiting for the whistle.
Smithson Valley quickly answered, tying the game on a score by Lanyon Stanley 19 minutes into the match. Valentin Sanchez had fallen down in front of the net while in double coverage, but immediately got up to find the loose ball right behind him.
Sanchez passed back to Stanley, who knocked a bullet shot to the back of the net.
“That was just really great hustle on Valentin’s part — he got up right away,” Schaffer said. “It was nice to see us finish one in front of the net. We had a couple of opportunities in the first half, and I was afraid for a while they’d come back to haunt us.” Sanchez was tackled in the penalty box by a Rattler fullback, and Dildy — who did not convert on a penalty situation at Pflugerville, although the Rangers won on the following comerkick — was called upon again.
“We gave Jason a chance to redeem himself,” Schaffer said. “(The kick) was good for two things, to give us a lead and get Jason’s confidence back on the penalty kick.”
Dildy kicked the winner shortly after being hit hard by a ball and getting back up to play.
“That shows what kind of heart he’s got — he forced himself to get up and keep playing,” Schaffer said. * ‘Two minutes after that, he scores the winning goal.”
Plenty of time remained after Dildy converted the go-ahead goal, and the Rattlers were down at Smithson Valley’s end of the field throughout most
their pressure caused a little bit of problems for us. But we came back after halftime and battled back.”
A Clemens lead that had been as large as 22 points on Buffalo center Robb Miller's third-quarter puiback was cut to IO points late in the game.
With 3:33 remaining in the fourth, Jason Frausto faked a jump shot and dished to an open Jason LaRue at the basket, making the score 58-48 to complete a 8-2 run.
That Ranger spurt had encompassed the entire fourth quarter up to that point, as Clemens had not score except for a transition basket by Henry Salazar at the 5:35 mark.
But four free throws by Chad Sass-man and two low-post baskets by
of the final minutes. San Marcos got several of its 14 shots and two of its four comerkicks late in the game.
“Those kids didn’t have no quit in them either,’’ Schaffer said. “That’s why I’m so proud of us defensively, we hung in there with all that pressure. Especially Mark May — he did an outstanding job.”
Schaffer said that as critical as this game was, the Rangers must remain
Miller pushed Clemens’ advantage back up to 16, as the Rangers countered only with an offensive board and follow by Jason Long.
Smithson Valley kept the game extremely close in the first quarter, as the lead changed hands eight times.
Damon Boatner’s long jump shot gave the Rangers a 6-4 lead, before a bree throw and acrobatic reverse layup by Buffalo point guard Cedric Dean returned the lead to Clemens.
focused. Smithson Valley visits New Braunfels on Friday, with the Unicorns having just one district loss.
“As good of a win as this is, we've got to be ready to play New Braunfels,’’ he said. “We just have to take care of our business. Whatever game is the next one is biggest one. I guarantee you that some teams in this district, if you take lightly like we did Clemens, can surprise you.”
Jon Herring swished two free throws to put the Rangers up 8-7, but the Rangers — four-of-15 from the line for the game — did not make any more free throws until the fourth quarter.
Following Miller’s jumper over traffic. Long beat his defender and leaned in for a fingerroll. That gave the Rangers their final lead at 12-11.
SCHERTZ — After averaging a little more than a goal a game, it took Canyon just one half Tuesday night to ret its season record for most goals.
The Cougars scored five goals in the first half against Clemens and hung on for a 5-0 victory in a District 27-5A soccer match.
The win improves Canyon to 2-5 in district play and 3-5-1 on the season, with a chance on Friday to build a winning streak in a home game against winless Lockhart to close out the first half of the 27-5A schedule.
“Hopefully we’re over the hump now,” said Coach Danny Bueno. “Hopefully this will be a confidence booster for the kids, and we’ll be even more competitive in the second half of the season.”
Tuesday’s match was no different in intensity than any game the last two weeks, Bueno said, except that this time the shots on goal were finding the net.
“We didn’t dominate any more than we had the last three games,” he said. “The kids have been playing well enough to win four in a row.”
Reserve forward Eddie Elizondo and midfielder Harvey Gomez each scored two goals for Canyon, while Marky Vela had the game’s first tally. Rodrigo Rodriguez, the team’s leading scorer on the year, missed the contest after picking up his third yellow card in a 2-1 loss to Kerrville Tivy on Friday.
Goalkeeper Kristen Malish had an assist on one of the goals, as his wind-
LOCKHART—New Braunfels set up a key battle with Smithson Valley this weekend by blanking winless Lockhart 5-0 in a District 27-5A soccer match Tuesday night.
Ezell Sanchez scored three goals for the Unicorns, who were playing their second game in as many nights. New Braunfels defeated Kerrville Tivy 2-0 on Monday.
“It was hard for our guys to get going. Playing two games in two days is not the easiest thing to do. It was hard to keep our concentration, especially against a team without a lot of success,” said Coach Sam Snyder.
The Lions dropped to 0-7 in district play, afer having been beaten 11-0 by Smithson Valley and 10-0 by San Marcos in the last week. New Braunfels raised its record to 6-1. The third-place Unicorns host second-place Smithson Valley at 8 p.m. Friday.
Midfielder Ezell Sanchez scored three goals on Tuesday for his second hattrick of the season. The Unicorns built a 3-0 halftime lead and played all of their reserves in the second half.
Sanchez had the first two goals on breakaway situations, with both kicks coming from five yards out at the 10-and 20-minute marks.
“Their keeper was real passive. Ezell just took the ball to him and made it look real easy,” Snyder said.
Forward Gilbert Silvas had the final first-half goal, scoring from eight yards out with five minutes left.
It took New Braunfels just 40 seconds of the second half to produce the fourth goal, as forward Pedro Heman-
aided punt covered three-quarters of the field before Elizondo capped the play with a scoring kick. Midway through the half, Malish relinquished the net to Dustin Mills, who played a strong game, Bueno said.
“Defensively I thought we played real well. We had some breakdowns^ but not too many. (The Buffaloes) had some shots, but there weren’t really any close calls,” he said.
Standouts on defense for Canyon, he said, were sweeper Roger Gomez and fullback Kelly Smith and Brian Dudley. Midfielders Chris Garcia and Louis Gonzales helped the Cougars in controlling the ball.
Vela, who opened the contest with an unassisted goal off a loose ball six yards in front of the net, had the assist on Elizondo’s other goal. Jurgen Abrego and Garcia had the assists on Gomez’ two goals.
Canyon again had more shots on goal than its opponent, but this time it was a narrow 15-10 advantage the Cougars enjoyed.
“I didn’t think we dominated the game as much as we did Friday night,” Bueno said. “Soccer’s just a strange game. Our shots on goal just went in tonight. They were all good shots. They weren’t mistakes by the goalkeeper.”
The Cougars will host Lockhart at 7 p.m. Friday before beginning the second half of district play with games against the top three teams — Smithson Valley, San Marcos and New Braunfels.
dez knocked in a loose ball from IO yards out. With 12 minutes left in the contest, Sanchez notched his third goal on a penalty kick.
The Unicorns outshot Lockhart 38-7 in the game, with keepers Corey Sanderford and Jason Weber each having to make only a pair of saves.
“We’re playing well as a team. (Sweeper) Andy (Gallegos) is real consistent back there for us,” Snyder said. “Being the leader of our defense, when we’re winning it’s usually because he had a good game.”
But with the team playing its third game in a week on Friday against Smithson Valley, Snyder said New Braunfels would have to play a notch better in order to win.
“It’s hard to say how well we’re playing because the teams we’ve played recently are not the top echelon of the district,” he said. “We’re going up against a good one on Friday. We're going to have to play our best.”
District 27-SA Soccer Standings
Smit!son Valley 2, San Marcos I Canyon S. Clemens 0 New Braunfels 5, Lockhart 0 Seguin del Tivy, score unavailable
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Slow down the tempo of the game. keep Clay Osier from having a monstrous game and watch Janes Ortiz at the three-point line. On offense have a succesful night with the treys and avoid the turnovers.
Canyon thought it had the road to victory over playoff-bound Lockhart mapped out Tuesday night. But the Cougars weren’t counting on hitting a speed bump at the free-throw line, which is what in their season-ending 58-55 loss to the
Lockhart barely convened 50 percent of its free dvows. hitting 14 of 27 shots. Host Canyon was right at the 50 percent mark, but had only two chances at the line. Canyon was whistled for 21
fouls in the contest, while the Lions were called for eight infractions.
“I don’t think they were playing that much more cleanly than we were,” said Cougar Coach David Manley. “But they sure spent a lot of time at the free-throw line."
Despite the imbalance at the charity stripe. Canyon led for the first 23 minutes of the game and had a last chance to tie the score at the buzzer. Anthony Bueno’s off-balance 16-foot jumper missed the mark, sealing Lockhart’s victory.
The defeat ended the Cougars’ season at 9-18, with a 2-8 record in District 26-4A. And except for the difference at the free-throw line, Manley said it was a game Canyon could have won.
“I thought we did a good job offensively. We moved the ball well and took good shots,” Manley
said. “We went to a half-court man (defense) to try and keep the score low and have a chance to win.”
Brian Caddell paced the Cougars and all scorers in the game with 29 points, including an 11-point effort in the fourth quarter. One of four starting juniors on the team, Caddell connected on four three-pointers and pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.
Bueno scored six of his eight points in the first period, as Canyon jumped out to a 20-12 lead on 9-of-14 shooting. Caddell scored all but two of his team's ll second-quarter points, as the Cougars took a 31 -24 advantage at halftime. The Lions were not called for their first foul until two minutes into the second quarter, and finished the half with three
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