In the non-district doubleheader with Wharton, the boys’ soccer squad got their offense going in the first half of the game as well and that was in fact all they needed to secure the second shutout of the season.
It was the speedy underclassman in Erik Balderas who quickly showed he was going to be a problem all night and it all came to a head in the 17th minute where he was in deep, working away in the box.
He got one clean shot on the goalie and followed up his save with a poke just out of his reach to grab an early lead for the host Tigers.
Balderas mentioned it was a simple thought process when he was behind enemy lines and that non-complicated process ended with a goal on the board.
“I just got the ball and all I did was kick it to the goal,” Balderas explained simply.
He went on to mention the plan coming into the night was to win the game and keep that momentum moving forward into the rest of the week where Sealy will prepare for its district slate.
But a little more than 10 minutes after Balderas’ score, one his of elders grabbed another goal to extend the Tiger lead and further distance the visitors.
Senior captain Alex Avila similarly worked his way down near the end line and again used a rebounded shot to volley the ball to the back of the net with less than nine minutes to play in the opening half.
Sealy head coach Juan Perez knew that initial period of play was a good brand of soccer, but he knows there could have been even more lights operated on the scoreboard.
“We played the first half pretty good but we still missed a lot of chances,” Perez noted. “But I know if we score in the first half we’ll have a better chance to win and that makes us play better overall.”
That was translated all the way down the field to the core of this year’s team, keeper David Gomez.
He registered his second shutout in net on the early season and knows that with this being his last year in the black and gold that he will be looked upon as a leader.
He mentioned that he echoed similar thoughts and sayings that were spoken into existence when the football team resided in the locker room to this game of football.
“I just told them that we all have our own problems at home but here is where we can be free we can play our game and everything,” he said.
That free-spirit was on display from even before the game started with a solid playlist supplying some more energy to the team that is only gaining confidence.
Gomez elaborated on how important it was to take care of business on their home turf although these weren’t always the games under the lights that everyone hears about all the time.
“[Soccer is] not the biggest thing in Sealy but that’s my goal as a senior to make it stand out,” the senior added.
The convincing win over non-district Wharton certainly helps as well as being a nice reward for some hard work being put in during the wee hours of the morning.
“[The win] feels good, especially after waking up at six in the morning to practice,” Gomez noted.
On top of that win, the bright future lead by the speedy Balderas will only bring more attention to the team as well and although Gomez will only be able to see him play on the same field the rest of this season, he knows he will be a figure to watch in the coming years.
“With Erik being such a young player he’s got some speed on him and I’m excited to see him play the next few years,” Gomez added.
Perez included that this squad is already shaping up to be a pretty good one and this game will serve as a serious stepping stone to success.
“It’s super, the feeling is great,” the coach mentioned. “This is probably one of the best games we’ve played in two or three years.”