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February 27, 2003 Page 9 The Free Press " There's a great way to supplement your Medicare coverage to help cover out of pocket medical expenses. Ask me about Medical Supplement Insurance the State Farm way. Wayne Weigelt Jr, Agent 512-312-0072 877-782-7332 (USA only) INSURANCE P-98412 12/00 Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.* State Farm Mutual Automobile Insawance Company Home office: Bloomington, Illinois Call for details on coverage, costs, mstricttom and mnew~atty Note: Thee policies are not coianect ed with or lxlorsed by the United states Governroent or the Federal Medicare Pt, ogram. Hays soccer players Dustin Parker (20), Manny Mendoza (6), and Artemio Lopez (8) defend their goal from an opposing player in their Friday night 4-0 victory over Austin High. (photo by Gerald Castillo) BY BILL PETERSON Editor "AYS CISD - It's not such ,a big deal for the Hays High School boys soccer team to go to the playoffs. The Rebels go just about every year. But when a team like this comes along, you' re talking about history. The Rebels clinched their first district title ever last Friday night, and they did it about as quickly as possible. With a 4-0 win over Austin High under a consistent rain at Bob Shelton Stadium, the Rebels ran their district record to 11-0 and fixed themselves up with a 3 1/2 game lead on the Maroons with three games remaining. "All the credit goes to these young men on this team,' Hays coach Larry Mathys said. "They have continued to stay focused and work hard throughout the season." The Rebels won at Austin five weeks ago with a goal in the final two minutes. This time, the Rebels gave them- selves breathing room early - and they were laughing by the end. Though Eduardo Rodriguez led the Rebels with a hat trick last Friday night, they've done it all year long with outstanding defense. Goal keeper Travis Reynolds recorded the shutout as the Rebels set a new school record by holding opponcms scoreless 11 times this season. However, Mathys also gave credit on the defensive end to Artemio Lopez, Michael Franks, Will Mannella, Trey Lovell and Matt Boardman. The Rebels scored 12 min- utes into the game on a throw in. Josh Steubing made the toss to Adrian Muzquiz, who headed the ball toward the goal. Barrett Robbins was there to slam in the goal. Eight minutes later, Artuto Bertadillo crossed to Robbins, wide open in front of the net. Though Robbins couldn't put in his shot, the goalie's deflection went back to Rodriguez, who punched in the rebound. With six minutes remaining in the half, Rodriguez scored again, giving the Rebels a 3-0 halftime lead. By then, the Rebels, for all intents and purposes, had clinched the district title. "Our main concern in the second half was to not let them score an early goal and let them back into the game" Mathys said. But Austin never mounted a serious challenge to the Rebels. In fact, the Rebels extended their lead when Rodriguez scored his third goal of the game. Two years ago, with high- scoring Grant Coffey and Matt Boyd on the team, the Rebels were a goal-scoring force. This year's team has made its identi- ty through defense. It's sure to be a helpful for- mula in the playoffs. But the Rebels are just as much aided by the playoff schedule, now that they've won the district. Because of that championship, they'll receive a first-round bye in the playoffs. Ordinarily, even that would make it difficult to envision a scenario for who they finally would play, since they're oppo- nent would first have a playoff game. But the playoff scenario is even more difficult to forecast this year, because the Rebels have clinched their championship so early that it's difficult to even determine which teams from other dis- tricts will even be in the play- offs. As problems go, though, that's one Mathys doesn't mind having. . Bed Rails . Bed Liners . Bug Shields . Bumpers . Grill Guards 0 Tool Boxes Tailgate Guards Headache Racks , Running Boards , Many other accessories BY BRENT STRONG Staff Writer HCISD-The Hays High School girls soccer team's playoff hopes rest almost entirely on the result of its game against Westlake this Friday. Two ties in the last week have put the Rebels in a crunch. A win over Westlake at Barton Junior High would secure second place in the district for the Rebels. The crazy scenarios don't neces- sarily begin if the Rebels lose to the Chaparrals, but a win won't hurt. Seguin and Akins, both in the lower reaches of District 25- 5A, are the last teams on the Rebels schedule. Hays did all it ould on Saturday to beat the Austin High and secure its playoff berth. But the Rebels managed only a 2-2 tie. Hays Coach Tami Malone was thrown out of the game fifteen minutes into the contest for a dis- agreement with the referee about missed calls. The Rebels respond- ed with one of their better goals of the year. Sophomore Jacki Shirley, who started the year at goalie, received a pass from fellow sophomore Ashley Lowe and crossed the ball to Jaymi MacAnally, who headed it in for the 1-0' lead. Austin answered before the half and the teams went into the break tied at 1-1. Hays went ahead in the sec- BOYS SOCCER HAYS 4, Austin High 0 Goals-- HAYS: Rodriguez 3, Robbins. Assists-- HAYS: Muzquiz, Sepehri, Stebubing, Robbins. HAYS 3 1--4 Austin High 0 0--0 Saturday, March 1 Boys Baseball HAYS at Judson Tournament t Tuesday, March 4 Boys Soccer HAYS vs. Seguin at Bob Shelton Stadium, 7:45 p.m. GIRLS SOCCER HAYS 2, Austin High 2 HAYS 1 1--2 Austin High 1 1--2 UPCOMING GAMES Girls Soccer HAYS at Seguin, 7:45 p.m. Thursday, March 6 Boys Baseball HAYS at Victoria Tournament, TBA Thursday, February 27 Friday, March 7 , Boys Baseball HAYS at Judson Tournament, TBA Girls Soccer HAYS vs. Akins at Barton Junior High, 7:45 p.m. Friday, February 28 Boys Soccer HAYS at Westlake, 7:45 p.m. Girls Soccer HAYS vs. Westlake at Barton Junior High, 7:45 p.m. Boys Baseball HAYS at Victoria Tournament, TBA Saturday, March 8 Boys Soccer HAYS at ,Skins at Burger, 10:30 a.m. Boys Baseball HAYS at Judson Tournament, TBA Boys Baseball HAYS at Victor!a Tournament, TBA ond half, but the Maroons knotted up the game again before the end of regulation. Austin's tie with Hays follows up an Austin victory over Bowie and puts the Maroons in the playoff hunt along with Westlake and Hays. Bowie already clinched a playoff spot, but is still jockeying for first place in the district. Malone's ejection from the game puts her in a precarious position. UIL rules state an eject- ed coach must either serve a one- game suspension and one year of probation or have hemame print- ed in UIL's monthly newsletter 'q'he Leaguer" and serve a year of probation. Malone is set to appeal her ejection from Saturday's game, but has decided she will have her name printed in the newslet- ter as opposed to missing out on the tilt with Westlake.The match versus the Chaparrals kicks off at 7:45 p.m. our 5, 7:00 i!iiii! , call 2! [d Care