Sat., Feb. 11th, 2006 2-11 Lee-MHS boys soccer
Midland High boys soccer coach Todd Green and his players knew rival Lee would play a defensive game Friday night. The Rebels did just that, but the Bulldogs took advantage of two precious scoring chances in the first half to take a 2-0 victory in a District 3-5A game at Grande Communications Stadium. Mike Abalos and Josh Oviedo scored the two goals for Midland High as the Bulldogs improved to 2-1 in District 3-5A and 9-3-1 overall, while Lee fell to 2-1 and 6-6.
"We had practiced against them packing it in all week and we were expecting that," Green said. "We've got some scorers but we've been in a scoring drought lately. I told them not to panic and just be patient." Patience was the order throughout this game. The counter attacks that helped Lee upend Odessa High on Tuesday did not materialize on Friday against Midland High.
The Bulldogs put constant pressure on Lee's defense in the first half, but like Tuesday, the Rebels held through the game's first 18 minutes with some key clearances and saves by goalkeeper Kenny Worrell. But when Oviedo drew a foul from a Lee player just outside the 18-yard box, it set up the game's first goal. Abalos curved the ball on a free kick over and around Lee's wall, giving Rebel goalkeeper Kenny Worrell little chance of making a play on the game's first score.
The Bulldogs continued to apply pressure throughout the rest of the half, while Lee struggled to stay organized in Midland High's end. Lee had three shots in the game, all in the second half.
"I thought we were in sync tonight but we are young," Lee coach Chris Bryant said. "We'll be all right. They are faster than we are and better in transition that we are, and they were expected to win."
Midland High increased its lead when Oviedo kicked in a rebound from a shot from Gary Porter in the 32nd minute. During the play, Porter collided with Worrell, leaving Oviedo a clear shot at the net.
It was the cushion the Bulldogs needed against a Lee team without it's top scorer, freshman Montiel Urias, who was sitting out the game because of yellow cards. The result leaves both teams tied in the 3-5A standings. "I thought it might be 1-0 because Lee always plays hard," Green said. "But 2-0 is nice."