By John Delk
Special to the Gazette
DENISON, Texas — Texas High split soccer matches Saturday at the Dension Varsity Cup, winning their first match against Farmersville 5-1 before dropping their second match 2-0.
Overall in Cup play, the Tigers went 1-2.
The Tigers scored quickly against Farmersville. In the eighth minute of the match, Juan Carlos Coc Coc scored with an assist from Evan Crawford. Three minutes later Coc Coc returned the favor with a pass to Crawford for the Tiger's second goal. Then in the 12th minute, Austin Miller converted a penalty kick after being fouled in the penalty area.
Farmersville put their lone goal on the board in the 21st minute.
In the second half, Miller scored a goal, at the 55th minute, on an assist from Reece Gaylor. Then, in the 58th minute, Miller made a solo run the length of the pitch before finishing a hat-trick with a shot in the Farmersville penalty area.
THS vs. DHS
In the Tigers second match of the day — in spite of dominating both time of possession and shots on goal — the Tigers lost 2-0. Denison scored its first goal in the 23rd minute and followed with another goal in the 62nd minute.
Tiger Coach Jesus Deleon praised the Tiger effort in both matches but rued the missed opportunities in the Denison match.
"We were able to break their press, we created a lot of chances, but unfortunately you have to take advantage of those opportunities," Deleon said. "We had many more chances than Denison did, but we didn't convert ours and they did converted theirs. We have some work to do to finish when we are near the goal."
Coach Deleon noted the return of Daniel Lee to his squad from illness.
"Having Daniel return to form after a long illness was a welcome shot in the arm to our side. He has traditionally been one of our most solid players and having him out there today was huge help."
Deleon also had high praise for his pair of goalkeepers Aidyn Bennett and Mat Delk.
"They have been solid all weekend and have played well." he said.