The Sealy Tiger soccer team followed up a solid showing at the Brenham Tournament with a 3-1, non-district win over Giddings to propel them into this final week of play ahead of the district opener.
Head coach Juan Perez was pleased with the team’s efforts and looks forward to hitting the more important games soon.
“Bellville got us by two but I think we made a lot of mistakes,” Perez said last Friday night. “Now the goalie, I know he does not have the experience, but the game was good. We held them for a long time but we didn't score so they scored and then we tied the game. Then they went 2-2-1 and was kind of messy.”
The 5-2 loss to Bellville was the Tigers’ third in a row after falling to Montgomery, 2-1, and Brenham, 2-0. However, Sealy started on a positive note with wins over La Grange, 1-0, and St. Michael’s, 2-0, before closing things out with a tie against Montgomery.
Still, Perez remarked at the level of improvement the team has made just since last season.
“In a year, the improvement is amazing,” the coach said. “When you have good players, I think you are able to win, and you don't have to worry about as much. It's amazing the way they play.”
That tournament appearance carried the team into another non-district tilt at the home of the Giddings Buffalos where Sealy came away with a two-goal win where Perez was also able to get another goaltender in the mix to get some reps.
“The goalie, we've been practicing with him he's working and we have another one now,” Perez said. “Brian Avila Morales played Tuesday (against Giddings) and he played the second half for the La Grange game.”
Moving forward, Perez will be able to rely upon one of those young men to hold it down in front of the net while his strikers go to work, providing the offensive spark Perez has been longing for.
Earlier this week, the Tigers brought their 9-3-1 record to Bellville and Foster on Monday and Tuesday before going to Navasota for the non-district finale on Friday evening.
Sealy opens its district portion of the schedule on the road next week, with trips to Rice Consolidated and Stafford High Schools set for Monday and Friday. The following week will see the Tigers’ first district game at home against the Needville Blue Jays on Monday, Feb. 3, with kickoff set for 7 p.m.