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March 21, 2014

GC Soccer: Corsicana comes back to beat Ennis, 3-2, to become district co-champions

Corsicana — Corsicana’s Tigers came roaring back in the second half to beat Ennis 3-2 Friday night at Tiger Stadium to become co-district champions along with Red Oak.

The Tigers finish at 6-2-2 in District 28-4A and not only enter the playoffs after one of the best seasons in years, but they will get a bye in the bi-district round of the playoffs because there are no soccer teams in District 17-4A.

The Tigers will face a team to be determined either Thursday, Friday or Saturday at a neutral site.

“It feels great,’’ Corsicana Coach Stan Jones said after the tough win. “We were down 1-0 at halftime and we still down 1-0 with about 20 minutes left to play when all of a sudden the goals starting pouring in.’’

The Tigers scored all three goals in a five-minute span to take over the game and win a share of the district title.

Miguel Hernandez scored the first goal and then Christian Castro scored right after him to lift Corsicana to a 2-1 lead. And then Angel Orea drove home a 3-1 lead that held up after Ennis scored to make it a nailbiter down the stretch.

“The game was phenomenal,’’ Jones said. “Everyone was saying it was one of the best games they had seen in a long time. Plus, we had one of our biggest crowds and that just added fuel to it. Everyone was on the edge of their seat. It was such an intense game. We came back and got the lead and then they scored, and we were able to play just enough defense to get the win.’’

Ennis (5-3-2) was fighting for first place, too. The Tigers began the week in a three-way tie for first with Red Oak and Ennis, and Corsicana and Red Oak fought to a 1-1 tie on Tuesday.

That meant Ennis was still in the hunt for first place on Friday, but Corsicana outplayed the Lions down the stretch.

The Tigers will go into the postseason as the No. 2 seed because they went 0-1-1 against Red Oak, which beat Corsicana earlier in the season at red Oak.

No one beat the Tigers in the second half of district play as Corsicana went 3-0-2.

“We really played well the second half of district,’’ Jones said. “We’re on a little bit of a roll.’’

Jones celebrated the victory by his boys team, but he was upset after his girls team lost to Ennis, 1-0, on a late goal in a game that got out of hand. With about three minutes left a fight broke out and two players from each team were handed red cards.

Corsicana’s girls finish the season with a 4-5-1 record in the district and enter the playoffs as the No. 3 seed. They will also wait until the Area round of the playoffs to play in the postseason and play either Thursday, Friday or Saturday against a team yet to be determined at a neutral site to be determined.

 

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