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Wed., Feb. 15th, 2006  AHS boys soccer gets by Lee
Goals have been hard to come by for the Lee and Abilene High boys soccer team's during the District 3-5A season. Tuesday night the Eagles caught the break they needed early in the game to slip by with a 1-0 victory against the Rebels at Grande Communications Stadium.
Emmanuel Boima's goal on a soft header in the 10th minute provided all the cushion Abilene High needed to put together a two-game winning streak and improve to 2-2 in District 3-5A and 7-2-5 overall. Lee, meanwhile, had another slow start and struggled for offensive consistency for the second time in two games, falling to 2-2 and 6-7. "We just didn't win enough balls in our own box," Lee senior goalkeeper Kenny Worrell said. "We just gave them one too many chances."
The first few minutes of the game were shaping up as a defensive struggle with both teams looking for that break to score a precious goal. The Eagles received that chance 10 minutes in when Stephen Powell sent a pass to Boima in the middle of the Lee box and he headed it past Worrell.
Abilene High had a few more chances to increase its lead by the end of the half, but could never convert. But the lone goal was all the Eagles needed. Abilene has scored just two goals during the win streak. "We caught the one lucky break and we scored," Eagle coach Brad Bankhead said. "After we scored, though, I thought we let down a little bit." Lee was without its top scoring threat in freshman Montiel Urias, sitting out a second game because of cards, but picked up the pace to try to find an equalizer at the end of the half. But few chances materialized against Abilene High's defense and goalkeeper Daniel Green. The Rebels mounted an attack late in the game and created a chance at an equalizer when Matt Caruthers sent a pass to Spencer Wiebusch but he could not finish it. It was that kind of a day for the Rebels, who have been shut out in their last two District 3-5A games.
"We have to get started a lot quicker and we can't wait until they score to start playing," Bryant said. "We have got to get somebody to step up and make those goals."