Twice as Nice! Tiger Soccer Teams Win Area Playoff Matches

BOYS SOCCER

CLASS 6A AREA PLAYOFFS

FRENSHIP 2, KELLER FOSSIL RIDGE 1

Call it a flair for the dramatic or just call it early nerves leading to late jubilation, but the Frenship boys’ soccer team found a way yet again to come from behind and capture a postseason win – this time a 2-1 victory over Keller Fossil Ridge in the area round of the Class 6A playoffs.

Trailing 1-0 at the half, the Tigers made the necessary adjustments to dominate the second half. Coach Scott Smith moved freshman Adam Aboo Hamidi centrally to exploit the middle of the Ridge defense. Hamidl was able to find the net from that position to tie the game at 1.

With the game tied at 1, Magnus McSween found himself with the chance to drive into the box, which Smith describes as something he does showing his collegiate-level class with a lovely finish. His drive and eventual shot found the back of the net to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead and eventual win.

McSween’s goal made him the all-time leading goal scorer in program history.

“Although we went into half-time down a goal again, which I’m not enjoying but adds a thrill to the game I suppose, this time the team-talk was a bit different because we were playing with a lot more confidence,” Coach Smith said. “We dominated the entire half but just couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net. My advice at halftime was a case of more of the same but a bit more individual expression in the final third.

“But from our goalkeeper to the front, these are hungry Tigers who listen and apply and do the job they’re assigned. It’s a pleasure working with this group. I’ve said it many times, they’re special young men.”

FHS is now 24-2 on the year and continues their playoff run in the Class 6A Regional Quarterfinals versus El Paso Eastwood. The match is set for Friday at 2:00 p.m. at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa.

 

GIRLS SOCCER

CLASS 6A AREA PLAYOFFS

FRENSHIP 2, KELLER TIMBER CREEK 0

It’s a recipe for success that continues to work for the Frenship girls’ soccer team: strong defense and timely offense. Tuesday in Abilene, the recipe turned out good once again as FHS captured the Class 6A area championship with a 2-0 victory over Keller Timber Creek.

The Tiger defense only allowed six Timber Creek shots for the entire game, and Lexi Jackson proved her skills yet again with a scoreless night as goalkeeper. The shutout is the team’s eighteenth shutout in 25 matches this season.

Natalie Jones broke the scoreless tie with a goal in the thirtieth minute of the first half to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. With the game still in the balance late in the game, Victoria Ramirez scored off of an assist from Carmen Cervantez for a 2-0 lead and the game-clincher.

The Tigers (22-2-1) move into the Class 6A Regional Quarterfinals for the third consecutive year and return to Shotwell Stadium in Abilene for the second straight match. Their next opponent is Keller, and the match is set for Friday at 2:00 p.m.