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Wed., Feb. 28th, 2007  Bronchos beat Rebels in shootout

Derek Weinbrenner
Midland Reporter-Telegram

The Rebels (5-7-1 overall, 2-5 District 3-5A) held leads of 2-1 and 3-2, but could hold neither, finally falling 4-3 to the Bronchos (5-7-0, 3-5). Montiel Urias thought he had given Lee the goal it needed in the 69th minute when he headed in a deep free kick from Cesar Contreras, but Odessa High's Edgar Lozoya pounded in a pass from Josh Herron on the run just over a minute later to tie the game at 3-3.
The final ten minutes were scoreless, but not from a lack of solid opportunities as both teams came within a foot of taking the lead. In fact, Broncho Jose Anchondo ripped one off the left post in the 78th minute. This up-and-down, back-and-forth, see-saw match never could have been expected as both teams were playing on weary legs from Monday's wind-rescheduled games. "I take my hat off to (the Rebels), but these guys came back," OHS coach Noe Cerazo said. "I really believe it's about time we got this one. It's one of those things that makes it (special) when you win." The first half featured eight shots on goal by Odessa High and Lee goalkeeper Danny Munoz was brilliant by saving seven of them. The Bronchos scored in the 28th minute when Hugo Corral masterfully headed in a pretty cross from Anchondo just under the crossbar for the match's first goal. Seven minutes later, Montiel Urias recorded his second assist in two days with a header across the goal box to Alex Loredo.
Zach Starnes gave Lee its first lead in the 56th minute on a 50-yard rocket and Odessa high tied it eight minutes later on a breakaway. Munoz broke up Lozoya's dribble drive and Herron finished on the rebound. "This was the best game I've seen all district long. The way both teams played was awesome," Lee coach Chris Bryant said. "Altogether, I think we played well." Herron and Urias both converted in the first round of the shootout. Broncho goalkeeper Pedro Vallejo and Munoz each broke up the next five rounds before Alexi Orona gave Odessa High the 2-1 edge in the seventh. Sidney Beal missed on Lee's final opportunity and Odessa High erupted. "You just saw two of the best teams in district go after it," Bryant said. "We'll get rid of that shootout in the next few years."