Wednesday, March 12, 2014

High School Soccer: Lake View vs. Abilene Wylie Boys

High school sports is like a revolving door. From the first day of school in the fall to the last day in the spring, it's a nonstop rotation of sporting events, especially in the spring. In the fall it's mostly football and volleyball with a little basketball thrown into the mix. But the spring is where all the real action is, a massive congregation of all the remaining sports that need to be finished before the end of the school year.

So, with that being said, I headed out to San Angelo Stadium Monday afternoon to cover the Lake View Chiefs in their final home game of the season against Abilene Wylie. This as an important game for the Chiefs because if they won it would mean another District 7-4A championship. And usually, the Chiefs don't disappoint.

It was an almost perfect day for a soccer match. The sun was out, it was warm but not too hot, a few clouds, and with the recent spring forward time change, I was going to have sunlight for the entire game. The only thing that could have made it perfect was if the wind hadn't been blowing so hard.

For the first 40 minutes of the game the Chiefs were going into the wind which can usually be a factor. Not for the Chiefs. They positioned themselves in front of the net at least three times  for gimme goals but failed to capitalize on the opportunities. Finally, after 20 minutes a corner kick found its way in front of the goal where Erik Rivera booted the ball past the Wylie goal keeper for the first score of the game.  Lake View held a 1-0 lead going into halftime.

Starting the second half, Wylie got off to a quick start putting the ball on goal, but Lake View goal keeper Jared Trubenstein turned them all away. In the 56th minute Wylie was called for a handball in the box and Lake View was awarded a penalty kick which Johannes Schmidt put in the back of the net to give the Chiefs a 2-0 lead. Five minutes later senior Jordan Reyes chased down a pass from Erik Rivera to put the ball past a Wylie defender and the goal keeper for the third goal of the game. That goal would be the 70th goal for Reyes as a member of the varsity squad over the past three years. Wylie had a chance to put a goal up on the scoreboard when they were awarded a penalty kick, but was denied when Lake View goal keeper Jared Trubenstein made a quick dive to the left for the block.

With that block, the Chiefs cruised to a 3-0 win and a fourth District 7-4A title in five years. The regular season ends on Friday when Lake View travels to Lubbock High. Then, it's on to the Class 4A playoffs which kicks off March 27-29.

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