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' 'Hays Free Press March 27, 2013 SPORTS Page 3B 4 - ;' PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Hays yellow carded to a 0-6 loss " Hays Rebel Kevin Mendoza (left) and Georgetown East View Patriot Craig Sanchez tangle it up at Shelton Stadium in the first playoff game of the season (bottom photo). The Hays boys soccer team ended its post-sea- son run with a 0-6 loss to East View Patriots Tuesday night. While the players tangled constantly on the field, the Patriots' sure footed passing and dominance so frustrated the Hays players by the end of the second -- half that referees called numerous yellow cards, mainly for slide tackles. With less than five minutes left in the game, referees conferred on the sidelines after Georgetown fans continued to taunt Hays players, despite -their lead in the game. Despite the reprimand from referees, the fans continued the name-calling until the end of the game, and Hays players stayed on the opposite side of the field until most of the fans left. !; Lehman Boys Soccer: Moves ahead on penalty kicks - Continued from pg. 1B -' when, after a throw-in on their side of " the field, a Manor player caught the Lobo -: defense off-guard with a left-footed strike : that found the upper corner of the goal. ," lust like that, the Lobos were in a very un- familiar position - behind. However, the : . Lobos did not take long to respond, and ' :less than a minute later Garcia found a -" teammate breaking through the middle " of the Manor backline. Senior Eli Gua- jardo carded the ball into the right side ,'. of the box and pulled the goalie out just ": enough to chip a perfectly placed shot , over him and into the goal. The 1-1 score remained until early in the second half, when Manor again found the back of the net with a shot from the corner of the penalty box to take the lead 2-1 The Lobos were not used to playing from behind this year. As the game reached the final 20 min- utes and with Lehman still looking for a goal, Garcia again sparked the offense as he dribbled up the left side and crossed the ball to junior Fabian Mantilla, who had an open net to tap the ball in and give the Lobos their equalizer 2-2. Garcia, who was the catalyst all night for Lehman offensively, continued to give the Manor defense all it could handle. He finally broke free for a break- away opportunity with 15 minutes to go, and this time the Mustang defenseman could not help but foul him inside the penalty box to give the Lobos a penalty kick. Senior Eli Guajardo got the call, and he stepped up and nailed the shot past the outstretched hands of the Man- or keeper. Now, the Lobos just needed to hang on defensively to secure a seat in the next round. The defense clamped down when it needed to, and Lehman earned a 3-2 victory in front of a large contingent of both Mustang and Lobo fans. Lady Lobos Soccer Continued from pg. 1 B "I got the ball and I decided to take it myself," Svendson said. "We shut them down in the middle, we stopped their runs on the right side and we got a through ball. We just made it happen." In the second half, both teams tumed up the offensive pres- sure, completing numerous runs downfield. The difference was the mentality of the Lady Lobos, who became more involved as the half progressed, "When we scored the second goal, that's when we got our hopes back," Romem said. The Lobos' change in mentality allowed the team to take control of the mid- field and counterattack quite fre- quently, After a few near misses, the teams' diligence paid off, as Shayla Seeger-Avona pushed be- yond the Connally defense, even- tually slipping a shot off of the goalpost to tie the contest at 3-3 with 11 minutes remaining. 1Wo minutes later, controversy would ensue, as the Lady Cougars eamed a penalty kick via a ques- tionable handball by a Lehman defender. Emma Mele knocked in the penalty to give Connally a 4-3 lead. The disappointment of that call did not dissuade the Lady Lobos. Lehman fought back, eventually obtaining another flee kick op- portunity with eight minutes left in the game. The cannon leg of Blok once again proved crucial to the Lobos' rally, as she drilled in another long range goal, this from 35 yards away, to re-tie the contest at 4-4. The final eight minutes of the contest could be described as a mad dash to the finish. Both squads fought hard to gain and regain possession; both teams try- ing to out will their opponent. While both teams scored one final goal each in the final few moments of regulation, the play of the goalkeepers should not be undersold. Both players had mag- nificent games, especially Leh- man goalkeeper Evelyn Martinez, whose skills in the box during the second half contained Connally. Still, 80 minutes was not enough to settle the first round playoff game. An additional 20 minutes of overtime play saw both squads nearly score go-ahead goals, but to no avail. Therefore, both squads had to settle it on a best of five penalty shootout. Both teams made the first, but on the second round, Connally's Mele missed to the left of the net. From there, the Lady Lobos netted four more penalty kicks, with Svends0n scoring the final penalty to give Lehman the win. According to Garcia, the team's ability to win without the exem- plary play of Soto loomed the larg- est in his mind. "I think people stepped up knowing that Max, the player that she is and leadership she shows on the field, was lack- ing," Garcia said. "Pressley Bail, Mariah Tamayo, Madison Blok and Evelyn Martinez all stepped up. Losing Max leaves a big void, but it takes a team to win a game. The girls put it together and pulled it off." In the players' minds, the ability to keep their heads up, even when trailing 3-0 was critical to their comeback and eventual victory. "We kept telling ourselves that the game was not over," said Romero. "We still had time; we just needed to keep going," With the win, Lehman advanc- es to the Area round of the UIL playoffs, where they take on Cedar Parle For Garcia, the Lady Lobos will be getting ready to prepare for their next game. "We'll sit down, go through recovery tomorrow and get ready to play our best once again, "said Garcia, who was not worried about the quick turn- around. "I am all about getting on the field and playing. With the overtime game, one more day off would have been nice. But, it's the playoffs; you play them when you can" The Lady Lobos' Area Round match against Cedar Park takes place on Thursday, March 28. Kickoffat 7 p.m. at Lobo Field. is Notional met ;ilman n Halt ,11 see z,, lez, Jc E Seth Hollander Joseph M. 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