Wed., Feb. 22nd, 2006 Rebel Relief: Lee scores shutout of rival Permian
Scoring for the Lee boys soccer team has not been easy this season, especially for senior Spencer Weibusch.
Tuesday night in a key District 3-5A game against Odessa Permian, Weibusch scored one of three goals in a convincing 3-0 victory against the Panthers at Grande Communications Stadium. "I've been getting hassled by my coach and teammates because the senior hasn't been scoring," Weibusch said. "I saw an opportunity and I took it, and was lucky to hit it. It was very relieving."
The Rebels also breathed a collective sigh of relief in a game that if they had lost could have made their chase to the playoffs much tougher. Lee coach Chris Bryant said he was inspired by watching the U.S. Men's National Team play this weekend in Frisco, and changed up his team's style with a more offensive approach. It worked as Lee scored three goals and scored for the first time since a Feb. 7 game against Odessa High, which they won 1-0. Lee is 3-2 in District 3-5A and 7-7 overall, while Odessa Permian fell to 2-3 and 9-6. "It definitely shows that we are not done with and that's what makes it nice," Bryant said. "We've still got seven games to go and we've still got to continue playing." Lee broke the ice in the first period when Brandon Hodges headed in a ball on a free kick from Montiel Urias in the game's 28th minute. It was the first time the Rebels led in a game since that victory against the Bronchos two weeks ago. The Panthers had a golden opportunity to tie the game in the 39th minute when Lee's Dillon Butvin was called for a hand ball inside the box. But David Freeland's penalty kick was stopped by Rebel goalkeeper Kenny Worrell, preserving the Rebels' slim advantage. Not only did it keep the shutout alive it also was one of the few scoring chances the Panthers had the rest of the game.
"I think we are too much of a one-dimensional (team) and playing the ball too much through the midfield," Permian coach Luis Carmona said. "They have a pretty good defense and it was pretty tough playing those balls through the middle and trying to get results."
Lee kept up the pressure through the second half and it finally paid off in the 59th minute when Josh Goodwin slapped home a rebound off Permian's keeper after a Lee free kick. Weibusch scored his goal 13 minutes later to clinch the game and keep Lee's playoff hopes alive. "It was a big win," Weibusch said. "If we can beat San Angelo we go 4-2 in the first half and we can be in the top half of the district. San Angelo is strong and we have to play just as strong as we did tonight."