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Page 12 • The Free Press Sports " " Hays boys take commanding lead in district soccer competition av BILL PEN Editor YS 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 Dnstin 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 halflime 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 €&J GREENHOUSES 512-357-6153 Cody Duggan advances the ball undefeated in District 25-5A. The limped in at 3-2-2. A Bowie win Tuesday would have tightened the race a bit, but the Rebels were hav- ing none of it. A slrong defensive battle led to a scoreless tie at halffime. Finally, with 22 minutes left, Rodfiguez knocked in a lob pass from Parker. At that point, Hays needed only to hang onto that lead. "We thought that would be enough with the way our defense was playing" Mathys said. Instead, Bowie scored on a free kick, tying the game with 12 min- utes remaining. At that point, Mathys feared, Bowig owned the momentum. downfield for the Hays High School boys soccer team, which remains Rebels defeated Akins in this game, 4-1. (photo by Bob Parker) But the momentum abrultly shifted two minutes later, when Bowie fouled Hays' Adrian Muzquiz in the box. Rodriguez slammed the resulting penalty kick into the fight side of the goal, putting Hays into a 2-1 lead. With that, any momentum Bowie once had was gone. Needing to win in order to maintain any chance at the district rifle, Bowie shifted its defenders foward. As a result, Hays' Cody Duggan was wide open for a pass from Barrett Robbins behind the defense. Duggan's goal gave the Rebels a commanding lead, 3-1, with six minutes remaining. Three minutes later, Muzquiz took a penalty kick for the Rebels, but the ball hit the crossbar and Duggan headed in the rebound, moving Hays to its final lead of 4-1. The Rebels will play Crockett at Burger Stadium Friday night (7:45 p.m.), followed by a home game against San Marcos next Tuesday (7:45 p.m.). "If the weather is nice and you don't have anything to do, come out and watch these guys" Mathys said. "I'hey love to make things exciting?' Evidently, they really love to win, which is all the excitement they need. Hays girls drop crucial game to Bowie, but remain solid,: playoff contender ::. BY BRENT STRONG Staff Writer AYS CISD-If last week's vic- tory over Westlake had the Hays High School girls soccer team on cloud nine, this weeks meltdown against district-leading Bowie must have put the Rebels under a dark cloud. With first place in District 25-5A at stake, Hays turned in an uninspired 5-1 defeat Tuesday night. Down 2-1 at the half, the Rebels continued to allow one on one situ- ations in the backfield and went scoreless in the second half. The lone bright spot for the Rebels was an Elika Nielson goal on a penalty kick in the first half. Head Coach Tammi Malone said she felt'her team didn't have a competitive drive throughout the game and gave up towards the end. Though Malone questioned her team's effort during the contest, she said she's also to blame for not preparing her team better. At Wednesday's practice ses- sion, Malone asked her players what they wanted. The team decid- ed to work on its touches outside of practice and to give more effort dur- ing practice. Not much effort was required in Friday's game against District 25- 5A doormat Akins. Hays tore up Akins, 8-0, despite many of the bench players receiving consider- able playtime. Jacki Shirley, the team's savior at goalie, will get more playing lime at forward thanks to all-around senior athlete Melissa Dahlstrom coming to the soccer team now that basketball is finished. Dahlstrom adds more height to the already stel- lar play in goal, along with a good work ethic and aggressiveness, according to Malone. Dahlslrom's first action in goal will be against Crockett on Friday at Barton Junior High at 7:45 p.m. Next Tuesday, Hays will play the San Marcos Rattlers at San Marcos at 7:45 p.m. % February 13, 2003 For all your msiness and l needs Bookkeeping & Tax Service 12 years serving our community Personalized and then Computerized • Year Round Service • Income Tax Service • Bookkeeping • Quarterly Returns • Notary Ph: 295-4586 Fax: 312-0202 S. 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