Written by Corbett Smith
4A Region II soccer roundup: TJ boys ousted in shootout
School was 73 seconds away from its first regional final berth
CARROLLTON — Thomas Jefferson’s boys team had never been to a regional final since soccer became a UIL-sanctioned sport in 1983.
But as time ran off the clock in the Class 4A Region II semifinals at Standridge Stadium, it looked more a probability. Jefrey Saravia’s first-half goal seemed the ticket to the next round.
Kilgore — last year’s state runner-up — had other ideas.
Kilgore (20-2-4) tied the score, 1-1, in the waning minutes of regulation, then outlasted Thomas Jefferson in shootouts, winning, 5-4, in the eighth round.
Saravia scored his area-best 43rd goal in the 27th minute, battling two Kilgore defenders inside the six-yard box to poke a shot past Jordan.
And Thomas Jefferson (19-5-3) looked like it might score again for much of the second half, before Kilgore’s Ramse Mojica split its defense and scored a game-tying goal with 1:13 remaining.
After a scoreless overtime, Kilgore missed its first attempt in the shootout. Thomas Jefferson followed with four straight conversions by Tonio Hernandez, Alex Barusta, Saravia and Julian Aragon. But its final shooter, Rama Mwenda, missed wide left — starting a streak of four missed shots for the team.
When Kilgore’s eighth shooter Jose Rico scored, Jordan — in the game for the injured Juan Perales — saved his second shot of the shootout.Mount Pleasant 1, Carrollton R.L. Turner 0:
A disputed corner kick resulted in a header by Mount Pleasant’s Hamet de la Cruz with 13:58 remaining in an evenly matched semifinal. R.L. Turner, in its first regional tournament and playing in its home stadium, had several good second-half chances stopped by Mount Pleasant keeper Luis Perez.
GIRLSHighland Park 3, Longview Pine Tree 1:
Highland Park (25-1-2) cruised to the Region II final, not allowing a shot in the first half and dominating possession for most of the game. First-half goals from Lauren Echols and Kelsey Bass reflected the run of play. When Pine Tree (21-4-1) scored with eight minutes to go in the second half — Amanda Wallin scoring her 42nd goal of the season — Highland Park answered less than two minutes later, on a tap in from Sara Summers.
Carrollton Creekview 4, Red Oak 0:
Brittany Beddow scored a hat trick, as Carrollton Creekview (19-3-4) advanced to its first regional final since 2006. Creekview will play district Highland Park in the final, a team it lost to twice — 7-1 and 5-2 — in the regular season.