FRENSHIP 4, EL PASO EL DORADO 2
The historic season of 2018 for the Frenship boys’ soccer team keeps on rolling for the guys in blue and gold.
Coming off the heels of the program’s first district championship in school history, the Tigers claimed their first ever playoff trophy with a 4-2 win over El Paso El Dorado in the bi-district round Friday afternoon in Artesia.
It took a while for things to get rolling in favor of FHS. With the combination of a postseason inexperience and the onset of early nerves, FHS started slow and found themselves behind 1-0 to the Aztecs at the halftime break.
The second half however proved to be a total 180 as the Tigers showed dominance that led to four scores and a win. Zach Schubert found the back of the net twice in the half while Adam Aboohamidi and Trey Robillard each added a goal.
“While the first half didn’t go the way we expected, it’s understandable this group can get nervous. They haven’t been here before, you know?” said first-year coach Scott Smith. “But when they listened to their instructions at halftime and applied our tactics and plan in the second half, it just shows me again that then when they do have self-belief, listen and apply, they really do play soccer at a good level. I’m so very proud of them.”
The first-ever playoff win is one Coach Smith gives credit to his senior leadership. He said the team also received a huge emotional boost with the return of senior Tyson Cluff from injury.
“It was great to welcome Tyson back into the team. He’s such a leader and influential senior,” Smith said. “Missing him for all 10 district games because of his knee surgery was harsh, but then getting him back going into this game was fantastic for everyone to see.”
The history-making season for Tiger soccer (23-2) continues in the area round versus Keller Fossil Ridge on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls.