PHS BOYS SOCCER: Porter piles on four goals, top Willis in Kat Cup finale
BOYS SOCCER: Porter piles on four goals, top Willis in Kat Cup finale
Jan. 12, 2016 | Yes Minded | In the southwest corner of Field 1 at Houston Dutch Lions FC Complex, the United States and the Lone Star Flags whipped rapidly towards the goal on the south end of the field.
A consistent wind help aid the Porter Spartans into a couple fluke goals early against Willis during the final game of the Kat Cup Saturday afternoon.
Despite Willis finishing each half on a high mark, the Spartans never trailed to take a 4-3 victory.
Porter (2-1), a team that reached the Region III-5A quarterfinals last spring, scored three goals in the first half and once more in the second.
Willis (0-3) kept attacking by scoring two goals with under three minutes to go before halftime and then added its last goal with two minutes to play in the game.
“We’re just lucky we beat a good team today,” Porter coach John Brown said.
Senior Brayan Rodriguez opened up scoring near those flag poles. On what was what meant to be a crossing pass. The ball was lifted in the air and ended up crossing the goal line as it came across. There even seemed to be some confusion from Rodriguez himself as he appeared to be unsure if it was okay to celebrate or not.
“The first one was a cross that turned into a goal,” Brown said. “The wind is crazy. It could have went either way.”
Seven minutes later, senior John Cardenas scored his first of two goals on the day. Cardenas lofted a ball from about 30 to 35 yards away that got over Willis goalkeeper Tyler Williams to make it 2-0.
“Unlucky goals happen,” Willis coach Paul Gathright said. “I’d rather we learn that in preseason than in the season. I’m glad that we learned it today. Those goals happen.”
As the teams endured the wind and cold conditions, the Spartans didn’t scored again for another 22 minutes.
Senior William Stignas sent a ball off the crossbar that ricochet downward and into the net.
The comfy three-goal lead faded down to one almost in an instant.
A great late effort by the Wildkats made it just a one goal game by halftime.
First, in the 38th minute, Michael Pavon accepted a long pass from Ernesto Frias. Pavon blitzed in on the goalkeeper and finished to make it 3-1.
Just over a minute later, Erick Gallaga put one in as well.
Porter came out of halftime and immediately regained a two-goal lead as Cardenas netted his second goal on a solid run up the left side just over a minute in.
The game remained 4-2 until Willis junior Gabriel Ramirez put in a ball from the top of the box in the 77th minute.
The Wildkats followed up with one last strong attack but were denied a chance to tie it up.
“We’re deadly when we get in front of the goal,” Gathright said. “We just have to stop conceding so early.”
Porter ended the tournament 2-1 after a 3-0 defeat to Splendora on Thursday and a bounce-back 2-1 triumph over Bryan Rudder on Friday.
“Communication is improving,” Brown said. “Chemistry is getting to where it needs to be this time of year. There’s still a long way to go.
“We can do great things if they keep working together. It’s good to get a good start.”
Willis, meanwhile, had a rough go of it to start the season.
“Three tough games,” Gathright said. “The first game we play C.E. King, arguably the best team here. The second game we played (Class) 6A Dickinson from down south. This game, they out-athleted in the midfield.”