A district soccer title is within reach for Robert E. Lee. But first the Red Raiders have to get past one more 11-6A hurdle.
Lee goes on the road to face Garland Naaman Forest at 11:45 a.m. Saturday at Williams Stadium.
The Red Raiders have already locked up a playoff spot and at least the No. 2 seed in District 11-6A. Lee enters this final league game with a 12-1 record, two of those victories by shootout, and has 32 points.
Second-place North Garland (30) is two points back, so a win (3 points) or shootout win (2 points) by REL on Saturday guarantees the Red Raiders a district title. It would be Lee’s first league championship since 2009.
REL coach Marty Germany said his players are up for the challenge and plan on bringing back the title.
“We want to finish off district on a good note,” Germany said. “Especially after the last 10-15 minutes of Tuesday against Rockwall. We want to go into the playoffs playing good soccer.”
The Red Raiders in the midst of a 12-game unbeaten run after losing its league opener. Lee survived a late scare from Rockwall to win 2-1 on Tuesday. The Yellowjackets missed a penalty kick in the second half and nearly scored in the game’s closing seconds.
First and second are not the only thing up for grabs Saturday. There is a three-way tie for third place in the standings with Rowlett, Lakeview and Sachse. Rowlett and Sachse face each other with Lakeview against North Garland. Two sports for three teams depending on the results.
Lady Raiders rout Naaman Forest, 8-1
GARLAND — Still smarting from a 4-0 home loss on Tuesday to Rockwall, the Lee girls took out their frustrations on Naaman Forest in an 8-1 victory at Williams Stadium.
Led by a hat trick from freshman Kourtney Hitchcock, the Lady Raiders went in at halftime ahead 4-0 and tacked on four more goals in the second half.
REL finishes as the fourth-place team in District 11-A with a 9-5 record, two of those wins by shootout, and 26 points.
The Lady Raiders had already qualified for a playoff spot as could not change their place regardless of Saturday’s result, but coach Chris Woodard said his team was determined to put Tuesday in the past.
“We’d been playing really well the last three weeks (before Rockwall) and I think they just came out more focused and it worked out,” Woodard said. “We tied (Naaman) the last time we played them, so we definitely fixed some of the things we were doing wrong the other night.”
In Saturday’s win, Hitchcock also had an assist, Alex Bice and Priscilla Rincon each scored two goals, Hailey Hurst had three assists, Jazmine Navarro had a goal and an assist, and Claire Carnes, Adai Urieta and Adrianna Perez each had an assist in the onslaught.
REL (13-7-1) will now face Waco Midway in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs on Friday in a match tentatively set for Lion Stadium in Ennis.
Lee baseball game postponed
The Red Raiders were scheduled to face Rowlett Friday afternoon. The game was moved to Saturday, but continued rain has now forced the teams to schedule their game at 4:30 p.m. at Eagle Field in Rowlett. Lee won 6-2 over Sachse Tuesday its District 11-6A opener.