Sat. Feb. 10th, 2007 Bulldogs show consistency in win against rival Lee
Midland High became the first Tall City team to win a district game by jumping all over a young Lee squad and shutting out the Rebels 3-0 on Friday at Grande Communications Stadium. The Bulldogs (5-4-1 overall, 1-2 District 3-5A) finally put together an 80-minute effort and it paid off with an offensive outburst and timely defense. "I was very proud. Like I've said before, they had to be consistent, they had to pressure and they had to play tight," Midland High coach Warren Cottle said. "We've talked over and over again about playing wide." The Bulldogs consistently attacked from the wide sides to get in quality crosses and were all over Lee's top scoring threat, Montiel Urias, and the other talented Lee forwards.
The early result was a 12th minute scrum in front of Lee's goal ending with a header goal by Michael Reid -- all created by a cross from Robert Floyd. The Rebels (3-4-1, 0-2) hung in the game until Chris Avalos took a pass from Erik Carillo on the run and finished it with a beautiful shot in the second half. Two minutes later, Cameron Ford earned his fourth point of district play by finding Robert Floyd. Floyd had his shot stopped by Lee's Danny Munoz, but slammed home his own rebound. "We've been practicing our runs in practice and it paid off," Avalos said. "It's great to get that first district win, especially when it's against Lee." Time and again the Rebels knocked on the door, but goalkeeper Mickey Ruiz refused to open it. Cottle said it was the best game Ruiz has played this year.
"I get real nervous," Ruiz said of trying to hold a shutout against his rival. "We did good. Everybody denied shots."
Midland High responded very well to giving up a 2-1 lead and four second-half goals to San Angelo Central on Tuesday.
"They're consistently getting better," he said. "It shows their maturity in handling (a bad loss)."
On the other side of the ball, Lee coach Chris Bryant has a tough task in regrouping his troops before playing at first-place Odessa Permian on Tuesday. "I'm definitely upset. We've such a young team but we have to produce. We're sitting right there, right off the edge," he said. "I'm disappointed knowing we pretty much have the same team as last year."
The loss drops Lee into the cellar of District 3-5A thanks to Abilene High picking up a 3-0 win, its first in district, over Abilene Cooper on Friday.