Tues., Mar. 20th, 2007 Rebels whip Cougars in season finale
The Lee boys soccer scored three goals in the first nine minutes, and 71 minutes later, walked off the pitch with their heads high on Monday at Grande Communications Stadium.
Already out of the playoffs, Lee (8-9-1 overall, 5-7 District 3-5A) played for pride against Abilene Cooper (3-15-0, 2-10). The Rebels came out loose and aggressive and earned a 7-0 shutout victory.
"I thought it would be a lot closer of a game. Within the first few minutes, you found out they came to win," Lee coach Chris Bryant said. "I'm glad I could get the other seniors some playing time."
Montiel Urias scored twice in the first five minutes on assists from Michael Robertson and Brandon Hodges. Urias made it a hat trick in the 43rd minute when he beat goalkeeper Tyler Humphrey after a pass from Price Williams.
"I felt pretty excited. I thought we were hyped up at the beginning," Urias said. "I think we deserved the playoffs, it just didn't happen."
Though the Rebels finish the season one spot above Cooper and tied for fifth with Abilene High, they were clearly in a different class than the Cougars.
While Urias and company were busy racking up points at the end of a disappointing season, the Cougars were busy picking up yellow cards. Cougars were carded three times throughout the match.
Every one of the seven goals Lee scored Monday came off an assist, an example of how the Rebels finally started playing like a team later in the season.
"It makes it tough in the preseason when we missed so many games. We couldn't work on it then," Bryant said. "It hurt not having that time. But I'm happy with what we did at the end (of the season)."
Hodges followed his assist of Urias with his first goal of the season in the ninth minute on passes from George Ulmo and Urias. Hodges followed Urias' third goal with his second of the match in the 49th minute, again from Urias, for the final goal.
"We knew what we had to do all along, we just didn't put them away," the senior Hodges said. "It's good I finally scored after all this time."
Price Williams scored on a header from a Cesar Contreras free kick in the 20th minute and senior Blake Newton scored his first goal of the year in the 25th minute from senior Sidney Beal.