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\ HaysFreePress.com AQUAPONICS TXST students get real world business experience while making a difference. - Page3B January 9, 2013 * Page 1B BY DIONI GOMEZ sports@haysfreepress.com The Rebel boys soccer team opened their season Wednesday at Shelton Stadium with a traditional scrimmage against Hays High soccer alumni. The annual struggle ended in a tie. The alums took the game in a shoot- out, 2-0. The Rebels tested their skills against players their own age, as they took on Manor on Friday with a score of... The alumni game was close throughout, with Class of 2012 vet- eran Parker Thornton scoring within the first ten minutes. However, fatigue was a facior for the alums as Hays took advantage, scoring three unanswered goals. Christian Chavez scored late in the first half and ChristianVarela early in the second. Chavez hit the net again before Class of 2010 Joe Garcia stopped the bleeding with a goal of his own. Hays attempted to widen the gap as Varela also hit his second of the night midway through the half. Not to be outdone, the alumni mounted a comeback, scoring two unanswered goals, one by Garcia and another by Thornton, to tie the | | | score at 4-4 at the end ! of regulation play. Usually that would be the end of play, but reputations were on the line, so the teams agreed to a shootout. Both keepers per- formed well but the ~ tookthe game -'fiI0ng With bragging was .alumni rights- in the end, two goals to none. Hays soccer head coach Jason Burnett said he was proud of the level that everyone played, since he had coached every player on the field- whether current player or alum. "I was very proud of the way thay played, the alumni too. My old kids have not lost a step," Bumett said. Bumett said his motto this year, "Come and take it," comes from the Battle of Gonzales. I'm "just excited we have a back-to-back district title to defend." The Hays Rebels have four return- ing seniors this year, Omar Rangel, Christian Varela, Talon Homesly and Kevin Mendoza. Burnett says the district this year looks strong, as Hays "took the biggest loss in graduates" from last year's teams. He said that the biggest competition will probably be Cedar Creek, which will be gradu- ating their seniors this year. "They did get second place last year, so lost -Jason BurneR, very the way too. My have not a step." Hays head soccer coach See HAYS ALUMNI GAME, pg. 2B PHOTOS BY OIONI GOMEZ BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON later in the season. Soto, a 20-goal scorer from last sea- sports@haysfreepress.com son, will join with fellow junior Shayla Seeger, a 16-goal scorer last year, to When theLehmangiflssoccerteambring on the pressure for the Lady travels to the McAilen Border Blast Lobos. About Soto, Garcia said, "She Tournament next week, they will be has a cannon right foot," while he facing 5A teams that made the play- describes Seeger as "a very explosive offs last year. player." " Lehman faces McA1]en MemorialGarcia said he didn't think the game and Harlingen High School in their against Crockett was up to his expec- first two games, tations. ,,~Th0t's what Lehman girls head soc- "Crockett ... they've improved since c~}:~6~C~ Nanri Garcia is looking for. last season," he said. "It's not the best "~It'~ be a tough two games for gamew.e'veplayedbutthedefensedid us," Garcia said. "The important part their job and kept the score to zero." about this trip is the bonding our "We won the match but I don't think team will get to do. Our chemistry will we are synchronized right now. Our be a little more intact and we will be a attack was a bit off balance," Garcia better team when we return."said. "We need to work on our wing Garcia said that, although his team play and finishing. It showed me how is young, he has confidence as they go tough our defense is. Crockett played into upcoming games, us very aggressive but our defense During Monday's game againstheld their own and only allowed one Crockett, the team finally looked like shot on goal." it came alive in the last 10 minutes of The Lady Lobos have three senior the game, with the Lady Lobos win- keepers-Evelyn Martinez who played ning 2-0. the first half against Crockett, ]essica Both goals were scored by junior Maffet, who started the second half, forward Max Soto - the first at the and Victoria Salinas, also a senior, 31-minute mark in the first half, and who took over the goal position with the second on a penalty kick with only 17 minutes left in the game. 4:14 left in the game. Garcia is look- ing for his two forwards to come alive See LEHMAN GIRLS SOCCER, pg. 2B PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Max Soto (right) snags the ball as Lehman beats Crockett 2-0. Soto was the only Lady Lobo to score during Monday's game, with one point during the first half, and the second in a penalty kick with 4:14 left on the clock. The Lady Lobos will be heading into tough play as they take on two 5A playoff contenders from last year in the McAIlen Border Blast Tournament later this week. S "t started early and often, right from the opening kick. What .was supposed to be a close, defensive match-up quickly deteriorated into a rout. Alabama once again proved that they are the kings of college football, as they clobbered Notre Dame 42-14, winning back-to-back National Championships. But, maybe, we should have seen this coming? Save for one game against some kid named Manziel, the Crimson Tide have managed to win and win consistently. Therein lies the camouflage Nick Saban and his staffused to perfectly hide the strengths of this team. Alabama did not harbor a flashy, innovative offense as Chip Kelly's Oregon squad. Nor did they have a transcendent athlete such as Texas A&M Quarterback ]ohnny Manziel. Rather, this team went the "Blue Collar" approach; their style of play iconoclast to the new age of college football. Alabama plays a game which shows professional tendencies. Wirth a power running attack, heralded by TJ Yeldon and Eddie Lacy, they ran rampant over just about every team they played. A] McCarron helms a pass attack that is efficient and unrelent- ing. The most interesting aspect: Alabama's offense is balanced. You just don't see that anymore. All of this was on display on Monday night, as Alabama com- pletely and utterly destroyed the Notre Dame defense. It was the effort of the offensive line that made the biggest differ- ence. On just about every play the Tide ran, the line pushed, shoved and punished Notre Dame's defensive line. From the opening drive to the last, that group made it look as if Notre Dame did not show up at all. While the Fighting Irish certainly made their share of mistakes-missed tackles, poor coverage---the issues were a result of the overpowering Alabama of- fensive line. Safe to say, without the line's dominating performance, Yeldon and Lacy would not have had such breakout performances. Both rushed for over 100 yards, both made it look all too easy. Add in McCarron and his precise pass- ing, Alabama took a visage of an unstoppable, relentless juggernaut many have come to expect. On the flipside, Notre Dame's performance was downright puzzling. Puzzling, as oneXvould imagine that playing in the Na- tional Championship game would illicit some emotion, That just never happened. While Alabama burst from the gates with energy and passion, the Fighting Irish looked lethargic and unsure of themselves. That was apparent in the first half, as the Irish allowed the most.points they have given up all year m one half (28), while scoring none on.their own. The team looked broken and weary to the core. The defense shocldngly became the biggest liability for the Fight- ing Irish. With Heisman ruImer-up Manti Te'o heralding the group, many felt Notre Dame would con- tain the Alabama offense. Instead, the Alabama offense ran circle, after circle, on the Fight- ing Irish. The speed, the tenacity of the Crimson Tide players seemed to be something Notre Dame could not match. Because of this, the Irish were consistently miss- ing tackles, losing track of assign- ments, getting beaten every step of the way. Even on offense, the Irish failed to certify their No. 1 status. Nick Saban's team made sure of that, as they constantly harried and harassed QB Everett Golson, forcing him to make poor passes all evening. See TO0 MUCH FORTHE IRISN, pg. 2B