Lee wins in boys soccer despite being shorthanded

COURTESY/Robert E. Lee

Robert E. Lee overcame being shorthanded with its squad and on the pitch to defeat Garland Lakeview Centennial 2-1 on Tuesday afternoon at Williams Stadium.

Lee played the entire second half down a man because of two yellow cards shown to senior Eric Munoz.

Through it all, REL got the goal and victory it needed to remain in first place in the District 11-6A standings,

"Today was a team effort," REL coach Marty Germany said by phone after the game. "Everybody got in and played significant time … and we knew a lot of people were going to have to play and play well.

"Then to go down a man for the second half, … they knew what they had to do and took care of business."

Lee raised its record to 11-1 in 11-6A with 31 points, two points ahead of second-place North Garland (10-2) with two games remaining.

The Red Raiders weren't supposed to play the game.

It's spring break.

This was supposed to be a week off from games before the league returns to action March 17.

But the makeup game was a necessity thanks to weeks of first ice and snow and now rain that wreaked havoc with the District 11-6A schedule.

The result of postponements was every district team was forced to play either Monday or Tuesday with some, like North Garland, playing games both days.

Seven varsity players, four of them starters, were unavailable for coach Marty Germany due to previous spring break vacation arrangements.

REL beat Lakeview Centennial in their first meeting, but the Red Raiders were behind 1-0 in the first half. A Patriots player was the first to latch onto a rebound following a kick save from Lee keeper Daniel Abarca. He placed it into an open net for a 1-0 lead.

Needing inspiration, senior Collin Berry provided it for the Red Raiders.

Despite this adversity the Red Raiders still found a way to get it done and remain in first place in District 11-6A.

With 10 minutes left in the game, Munoz played a pass over Centennial's defense that Berry was able to reach. With only the keeper to beat, Berry moved to his left to set up for what the keeper thought would be a left-footed shot, but instead flicked the ball with the inside of his right foot and beat the keeper with a measured ball that was passed into the back of the net.

The Red Raiders' celebrations were short-lived as Munoz, who was already on a yellow, was shown another yellow card minutes later, meaning he was off the pitch and Lee was a man down.

Needing a victory to stay ahead of North Garland, the Red Raiders pushed the pace despite being a man down.

REL was rewarded just before the end of the match.

Junior Juan Davlin located teammate Edgar Sanchez and hit a hard ball across the box toward Sanchez. The pace of Davlin's ball meant all Sanchez had to do was stick a foot out and redirect it goalward, which he did for the game winner.

Lee's final home game of the regular season will take place March 17 at Red Raider Field. It is part of a Senior Night doubleheader against Rockwall. The Lady Raiders will play at 5 p.m., with the Red Raiders and Yellowjackets to follow at 7 p.m.


District 11-6A

Girls Standings

                                          District                Overall

                                       W-L          Pts         W-L-T

x-Sachse                         10-2 (0-0)   30          14-2-2

x-Rockwall                        9-3 (0-1)    28          11-7-1

x-Rowlett                          9-3 (1-0)     26         10-6-1

Robert E. Lee                    8-4 (2-1)     23         12-6-1

Lakeview Centennial           6-6 (0-0)    18          10-9-2

Naaman Forest                   5-7 (0-1)   16          7-10-2

North Garland                     1-11 (1-0)  2            0-16-1

Garland                              0-12 (0-1) 1             1-13-1

x-clinched a playoff spot

Note: If tie after regulation, (  ) shootout winner receives 2 points and it goes down as win in record. Shootout loser receives 1 point, but it goes down as loss in record.

*--Won in shootout

Friday's Games

Robert E. Lee 7, North Garland 0

Rowlett 2, Rockwall 0

Sachse 7, Naaman Forest 1

Lakeview 4, Garland 2

Tuesday, March 17 Games

Rockwall at Lee, 5 p.m.

Naaman Forest at Rowlett, 7:15 p.m.

Lakeview at Sachse, 7:15 p.m.

Boys Standings

                                       District                    Overall

                                      W-L        Pts             W-L-T

x-Robert E. Lee              11-1 (2-0)   31            15-3-2

x-North Garland               10-2 (2-1)  29            13-3-1

Sachse                          7-4 (1-2)    22             9-7-0

Lakeview Centennial        5-7 (0-4)   19             11-6-1

Rowlett                           5-6 (2-2)   15             8-9-0

Rockwall                          5-7 (2-0)  13            10-8-1

Garland                            2-9 (0-0)   6            7-10-1

Naaman Forest                2-10 (0-0)  6            4-12-1

x-clinched a playoff spot

Note: If tie after regulation, shootout winner receives 2 points and it goes down as win on record. Shootout loser receives 1 point, but it goes down as loss in record.

*--Won in shootout

Monday's Games

North Garland 2, Rowlett 2 (NG wins SO)

Sachse 2, Rockwall 1

Tuesday's Games

North Garland 2, Sachse 1

Robert E. Lee 2, Lakeview Centennial 1


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