Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


March 14, 2014

CHS Soccer: Tigers in hunt for district title

Corsicana — No one thought they would be here.

But here they are, the Corsicana Tigers boys soccer team, defying critics and non-believers and playing in a program that hasn’t won more than three district games in a season for more than five years. Here they are with a chance to win the title.

They’ve already clinched a playoff spot, but what they’re buzzing about is the fact they not only have a chance to win a district title, but it’s all right in front of them. The Tigers are in a three-way tie for first with traditional powers Red Oak and Ennis at 5-2-1.

They face Red Oak at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and then end the regular season with a showdown with Ennis at 5:30 p.m. on Friday — and both games are at Tiger Stadium.

“We really shocked ourselves when we started out the district at 3-0,’’ said CHS soccer Coach Stan Jones, who also coaches the girls team. His girls team has also clinched a playoff spot and will finish either third or fourth in the district.

Jones thinks his boys team can claim the title.

“We might be able to win it with a win and a tie,’’ Jones said. “The good thing is we have both games at home.’’

It’s been a great season so far.

“We’ve got a young team and our kids didn’t realize how good they are and how good they could be.  But now the kids are believing.’’

Jones said several players have stepped up to make the title run a possibility.

“We played pretty tough competition before we started district and I think that really helped us,’’ Jones said. “When you play hard competition all the time, you don’t know any other way to play.’’

Jones said his goalkeeper Laine Hildebrand has played better as the season wore on, and said captain and midfielder  Allen Bernal has stepped up as a leader.

‘”He has led by example,’’ Jones said. “He’s like  the epitome of the team. He had a sprained ankle in a game and it was hard for me to get him out of the game. He’s a leader. Everybody listens to him.’’

 Jones said forwards Michael Roman (14 goals) and Christian Castro (5 goals) have been big reasons for the success, and said his defenders, Juan Rojas, Ryan Condley, Jesus Berreto and Orlando Zuniga have been rock solid as Corsicana has allowed only seven goals in district play.

“Barreto is the base of our defense. He’s so smooth and smart back there,’’ Jones said. “Rojas has been the stopper all year. He’s a lockdown defender. He’s been awesome.’’

The entire team ha stepped up..

“This is a program that hasn’t won a lot of district games over the years,’’ Jones said. “We’ve got two home games and a chance to win it. Winning it would be awesome.’’


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