Jacksonville Daily Progress
HUMBLE — Jacksonville's post-season run came to an end Friday afternoon when the Tribe dropped a 2-1 decision to Spring Woods in a Class 4A, Region III state semi-final match.
The match took place at George Turner Stadium in Humble and was played before a spirited crowd estimated to number 2,000.
The Tribe, the District 34-4A runners-up end the year at 21-7-3. Spring Woods (19-4) is the District 42-4A champion. The Tigers will advance to today's regional final where they will take on either Baytown Lee or Waco University.
Spring Woods controlled things in the first half and drew first blood when Alex Barassas slipped the ball in from about 20 yards out, right side, when Tribe goal keeper Jorge Arredondo came out to play the ball.
That was all of the scoring in the opening segment.
Although Jacksonville came out more aggressive in the second half, the Tigers were able to make the score 2-0 with 17:13 to play in the contest.
That's when Luis Sanchez knocked the ball in from about 21 yards out, left side.
The Tribe continued to battle and when Alberto Escareno took advantage of the Tiger keeper, Giovanni Gomez electing to rush out for the stop, Escareno eased the ball into the twine to cut the score to 2-1 in favor of the Tigers. Escareno's goal came with 12:08 showing on the clock.
Jacksonville went on to out shoot Spring Woods, 11-5, in the final 40 minutes, with Jacksonville having at least a couple of chances to score in the final 15 minutes, but the Tribe just couldn't get the ball past the talented Gomez.
“We had out opportunities and we just couldn't take advantage of them,” Jacksonville assistant boy's soccer coach, Jay Brashear, said. “The best team won the match; we knew they (Spring Woods) were a very quality opponent and when you are playing a team like that you have to take advantage of your chances and we didn't do that.”
Spring Woods had 30 shots on goal to the Tribe's 15, with Jacksonville collecting 15 penalties, to the Tigers' eight.
The final nine minutes were played in a rather chippy atmosphere as two Tigers received red card ejections with 9:01 to go in the match. One ejection was a result of a a Tiger knocking Arredondo to the ground after the play was over.
With 13 ticks left, two Tribe players were red carded for unsportsmanlike conduct during a dust up between the two teams.