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JI,]~ J~ L, i I L q~ ~ =,~p u~ ,< ,alqr--Wp=~j !r tF,:=f=.%L~ W~-~,o,~;-,~.~-g~- t , Page 12 The Free Press February 13, 2003 BY BILL I~TErtSoN Editor HAYS CISD-Another week rought another two more wins for the Hays High School boys soccer team, which continues to amaze itself and the rest of District 25-5A. After opening the district season in struggle/node, the Rebels have rung up wins in their first eight dis- trict games and now are the odds-on favorite to capture the title that has eluded them in their first two years of Class 5A competition. Wms of 4- 0 against Akins and 4-1 against Bowie have consolidated their posi- tion at 8-0 in the district with six games remaining. "Everybody's wanting to knock us off" Hays coach Larry Mathys said. "But this group of young men seems to be up to the challenge. As coaches, we sure hope so" The Rebels lined up last Friday night against Akins, which, Mathys said going in, "is capable of giving. us a good game" But that capability didn't materi- alize. Ednardo Rodriguez scored on a cross from Dustin Parker in the game's first minute, giving the Rebels a 1-0 lead. Before the end of the half, Parker and Rodriguez added goals, putting the Rebels into a 3-0 halftime lead. Rodriguez fin- ished the hat trick, scoring off a penalty kick in the second half to complete a 4-0 Hays victory. Entering the season, the Hays coaches thought Bowie would be the team to beat. The Rebels promptly went out and beath Bowie in the district opener for both teams, setting the tone that has contibued for the last four weeks. When the Rebels and Bowie met again Tuesday, the Rebels were 7-0 in the district, while Bowie 512-357-6153 Cody Duggan advances the ball downfield for the Hays High School boys undefeated in District 25-5A. The Rebels defeated Akins in this game, 4-1. soccer team, which remains (photo by Bob Parker) limped in at 3-2-2. A Bowie win But the momentum abrultly Three minutes later, Muzquiz Tuesday would have tightened the shifted two minutes later, when took a penalty kick for the Rebels, race a bit, but the Rebels were hav- Bowie fouled Hays' Adrian but the ball hit the crossbar and ingnoneofit. Muzquiz in the box. Rodriguez Duggan headed in the rebound, A slrong defensive battle led to a slammed the resulting penalty kick moving Hays to its final lead of 4-1. scoreless tie at halffime. Finally, into the fight side of the goal, The Rebels will play Crockett at with 22 minutes left, Rodfiguez putting Hays into a 2-1 lead. Burger Stadium Friday night (7:45 knocked in a lob pass from Parker. With that, any momentum p.m.), followed by a home game At that point, Hays needed only to Bowie once had was gone. Needing against San Marcus next Tuesday hang onto thatlead, to win in order to maintain any (7:45 p.m.). "We thought that would be chance at the district rifle, Bowie "If the weather is nice and you enough with the way our defense shifted its defenders foward. As a don't have anything to do, come out was playing" Mathys said. result, Hays' Cody Duggan was and watch these guys" Mathys said. Instead, Bowie scored on a free wide open for a pass from Barrett ' I'hey love to make things exciting?' kick, tying the game with 12 Tin- Robbins behind the defense.Evidently, they really love to utes remaining. At that point, Duggan's goal gave the Rebels a win, which is all the excitement they Mathys feared, Bowig owned the commanding lead, 3-1, with six need. momentum, minutes remaining. For all your burdness and needs Bookkeeping & Tax Service 12 years serving our community Personalized and then Computerized Year Round Service Bookkeeping * Notary Ph: 295-4586 Fax: 312-0202 S. 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