Wed., Feb. 8th, 2006 Young Urias makes good on second chance against OHS
By Len Hayward
Lee freshman forward Montiel Urias had a chance to put the Rebels up by a goal early in the second half against Odessa High on Tuesday night. He had beaten Bronchos goalkeeper Alonzo Jimenez but could not convert. Urias received a rare second chance a few minutes later and he took full advantage. The young, speedy forward looped a shot over the top of Jimenez after beating an OHS defender in the 56th minute of Tuesday's District 3-5A game for a 1-0 Rebel victory at Grande Communications Stadium.
"I knew I had a chance right from the start of the play," said Urias, who now has scored two goals in league play this season. "If Junior Hernandez hadn't been able to put the ball where it needed to be, then I wouldn't have gotten that goal."
The Rebels head into Friday's showdown with rival Midland High with a 2-0 league record after winning a game that produced few offensive chances. The Bronchos controlled the ball and the game's pace for most of the 80 minutes, and gave Lee (6-5 overall) little space for a counter attack. Odessa High, meanwhile, used crisp passing and its speed to keep Lee busy in its own end. The Bronchos (4-6-1, 0-2) put constant pressure on the Rebel defense but each time they mounted a challenge either goalkeeper Kenny Worrell made a key save or a Lee defender found a way to clear the ball. In the second half, though, the Rebels began to pick up their offensive pace to try to find a way to get a game winner. Three minutes into the second half, Urias broke free after beating an Odessa High defender at midfield and found a way past a diving Jimenez about 10 yards from the goal line. But Urias never had a chance to put a shot on net because Odessa High's Steve Wiscombe forced him out of bounds. With the way the game had been going, Lee coach Chris Bryant thought that might be the Rebels only chance to score. "We are a defensive-minded team and they weren't giving us many offensive opportunities," Bryant said. "But I knew if anybody could do it, it was Monty." And 13 minutes after his first breakaway, Urias scored the game winner. And, when he did, the urgency to score for Odessa High was evident. Jimenez moved to the field and the Bronchos kept the pressure on through the rest of the game. But after a few attempts went high and Worrell made some key saves the Bronchos were left to ponder a two-game losing streak to start league play. "I told the guys we played well because we moved the ball well but we just couldn't score," Odessa High coach Noe Cerazo said. "We just have to keep working. But it is very frustrating. I told them when I'm hungry I eat and they don't seem to be very hungry right now."