CAPTION: The Marble Falls Mustangs celebrate winning a bi-district championship with the gold ball trophy. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro
The Marble Falls High School boys soccer team beat Wimberley 7-1 in a bi-district championship March 24 to begin the Class 4A state playoffs.
The Mustangs (19-5, 9-1 District 24-4A co-champions) will face Uvalde, which beat John F. Kennedy 3-0 March 24 in its bi-district contest, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, at Boerne ISD Stadium, 1 Greyhound Lane. Here is the ticket link.
Marble Falls got on the scoreboard quickly thanks to a header by J`esus Cruz on a corner kick at the 36-minute and 36-second mark of the first half.
Wimberley tied the contest at 1-1 with 19:44 left in the first half. The ball was kicked to the right bar and bounced out. The Texans said it went in the goal, while the Mustangs said it didn’t. Officials awarded the goal.
Wimberley was called for a handball in the box with 7:03 left in the first half. Garrett Goggans converted the penalty kick in the left side for a 2-1 lead.
Then the Mustangs went for the dagger in the heart.
With seconds left in the half, Goggans had the ball on the right side deep in Wimberley territory. He passed the ball to the middle to Fernando Arrequin, who tapped the ball into the left corner of the net with a second left on the clock. By the time it reached the back of the net, the first half had ended.
“That was the pendulum swinger,” Hoover said. “We were close in the first half. To finish it with one second on the clock is even more electrifying for us and more negative for them. That matters. That was a huge play. The nerves got calmed, and we came out the second half, and we played Mustang soccer. I don’t know if they got a shot at the goal in the second half.”
Marco Almazan scored on a penalty kick with 36:11 left in the contest for a 4-1 advantage.
Estoban Dominguez added another goal from a penalty kick into the left corner with 14:08 left.
Almazan scored his second goal from 35 yards out for a 6-1 lead with 10:47 remaining.
And Armando Arcadio finished the scoring when he found the left corner with 9:39 to go.
Hoover said Wimberley is better than their fourth-place finish in District 26-4A indicates because of Boerne High, the three-time defending state champions.
“That record is not a reflection (of Wimberley’s abilities to play),” he said.
Hoover noted it took a little while for his players to find their comfort level as they adjusted to the different feeling in this game.
“None of these kids have played in the playoffs,” he said. “Now we have. It took us a while to get going. It had to do with being-in-the-playoffs-for-the-first-time jitters. There’s the hype of the game, the big crowd, playing a double header with (the Lady Mustangs). They’re still kids.”
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