Wed., Mar. 22nd, 2006 Rebels soccer squad to miss postseason
The Lee boys soccer team didn't give up five goals this time to newly-crowned District 3-5A champion San Angelo Central. But unfortunately for the Rebels, the Bobcats scored just enough in a tie-breaking shootout to win 1-0 on Tuesday at Grande Communications Stadium and keep Lee out of the postseason. With the loss, along with wins by Odessa High and Permian the last two days, Lee, along with Midland High, will be on the outside looking in this playoff season.
Lee's playoff chances this season lied in the hands of a young team with some solid senior leadership, and Lee boys coach Bryant said finishing at .500 in district was a lot better than many expected. "I think we played awesome and we stuck to a game plan that I came up with," Bryant said. "It's disappointing, but everybody counted us out as the weakest team this year and look at what we've done. We hung with what I think is one of the best teams in the state." Tuesday night, the Rebels (10-11 overall, 6-6 in District 3-5A) were facing a Central team whose playoff fate was already known. To help prevent a similar 5-0 pasting that the Rebels took on Feb. 25 in San Angelo, Bryant employed a defensive style to slow down the potent Bobcat attack. But early in the game a Lee counterattack almost produced a goal that could've changed the outlook for both squads. Lee's Price Williams had a shot glance off the left post in the game's second minute. It was a foreshadowing of what the night was like for both squads. Lee put some pressure on Central's defense but most of the game was played in the Rebels' end as the Bobcats attempts went into Kenny Worrell's hands or away from the net. Central's best chance to score came in the 57th minute when Chase Trammell sent a low shot past a charging Worrell, but Spencer Wiebusch kicked the ball out of bounds to save the goal. Lee countered later in the game but both teams were content to take it to a shootout. Central (16-6-1, 10-2) missed its first three attempts during the shootout, while Lee's Blake Broadway sent a low, hard shot past the Bobcats' Blake Bahlman for an early advantage. But Central's Art Argeaga and Ryan Staha beat Worrell on their attempts to take the lead. The Rebels' Nick Zamora had a chance to force it to an extra shooter but his shot went wide left, ending the game and Lee's season. "Nick, he was just so unlucky tonight," Bryant said. "Their keeper came up big for them and the post came up very big for them."