ATLANTA, Texas — The Pleasant Grove Hawks traveled to Atlanta Friday to face the Rabbits in a district match. Hawk Coach Kevin Reaves lauded the positive energy, passing and selfless play from his team. Reaves called this the Hawks "best game by far" as the Hawks were able to set up shots and score goals.
Brian Rivera had an exceptional night assisting all three Pleasant Grove goals. The goals were scored by Tiseyi Olosunde, Lucas Edwards and Enrique Rios.
The Hawks crosstown rivalry match with the Liberty-Eylau Leopards has been postponed due to the winter weather in the area. It is now set for noon Saturday.
LONGVIEW TRIPS TIGERS
TEXARKANA, Texas — Texas High varsity lost 5-0 to the Longview Lobos in a match that was closer than the box score. Coach Zak McCarthy, standing in for Jesus DeLeon, led the varsity squad on this Friday night.
"We forced them to find another way to beat us, but we had too many individual mistakes that made life hard for us," he said.
The Lobos started the scoring at the 17th minute and followed with a second goal at the 31st minute. The Tigers had a few opportunities but no goals to show for it. Still, the Tigers were very much in the match at the break.
Longview scored their third goal around 10 minutes into the second half. The Tigers played well until the wheels came off with about 8 minutes left. The next two minutes got ugly with a Logo goal followed by a yellow card to Reece Gaylor in the 73rd minute followed by Longview's fifth and final goal in the 74th minute.
Nonetheless, McCarthy found some positives.
"I saw growth on the field from all the guys tonight," he said. "We have to keep working hard."
The Tigers were scheduled to travel to Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday to conclude the first half of the district season. That match has been postponed until Saturday due to winter weather.
TIGERS JV LOSE CLOSE ONE
TEXARKANA, Texas — Texas High JV's unbeaten streak ended at six matches with the Tigers 2-0 defeat at home Friday evening. It was a frustrating loss, said Tigers Coach Zak McCarthy, because the defense put together an outstanding effort.
"We just couldn't make it click in the final third," he said. "I know the guys are devastated as they know they can get a result against them."
Match was 0-0 through the half and 11 minutes into the second half. Longview scored then on a second effort after the Tigers keeper initially saved a shot. About a minute later the Tigers were called for a foul just inside the far right of the penalty area that resulted in a successful penalty kick.
The Tiger defense did not give up, stopping numerous potential goals.
McCarthy relishes the rematch.
"I am looking forward to playing them again," he said.
(The JV match against Mount Pleasant tonight has been canceled due to the winter storm.)