Huntsville boys soccer team defeats Tomball 2-1 in overtime

Huntsville boys soccer team defeats Tomball 2-1 in overtime
13 Huntsville wrestlers move on to region tourney
nHuntsville’s Marco Salazar scored a goal about 2 1/2 minutes into overtime and the Hornet defense held off Tomball’s attack the rest of the way to secure a 2-1 win at Huntsville High School.

Hornets head coach Robert Taylor said the turning point of the contest came with about four minutes left in regulation. Huntsville’s goalie was given a red card and disqualified from the contest after getting upset when one of Tomball’s players ran into him.

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That forced Taylor to move Javier Garcia to goalie and Huntsville to play with 10 players.

For the Huntsville boys, David Blanks and Nicholas Donahue wrestled for district titles, but had to settle for second place. Aushyon Durandis, Micheal Parsons, Rueben Strait, William Keith and Dalton Prye all qualified for the regional tourney with fourth-place finishes.

“I think when we lost a guy it kind of snapped them into focus a little bit,” Taylor said. “We scored a goal in the third minute and pretty much everything that followed through the next 70 minutes wasn’t very good for us, which is incredible for us to play below our standard for that long and still find ourself tied. I think we were very fortunate at times and just got some big moments from different guys.”

“Overall, it was a pretty good day,” Huntsville head wrestling coach Tim Cook said. “We made a few mistakes that kept us from finishing as high as we wanted, but that’s something we can work on.

The Hornets (4-0-1 in district, 4-5-6 overall) got off to a good start, as Huntsville’s Mario Ayala scored a goal about three minutes into the contest off a pass from Collins Gitau.

Leading the Lady Hornets were district champions Temi Ogundiran, Bailey Gilmore and Kiya Jones. Bami Ogundiran placed third, plus JaMya Collins and Jade Ballew finished fourth.

Tomball tied the game on a free kick that hit off a Huntsville defender and found the back of the net with about 15 minutes left in the first half.

Three Lady Hornets won district titles and led the Huntsville girls to a second-place finish. Two Hornets placed second in their weight classes.

“It was just one of those things where a guy in the wall turned,” Taylor said. “You’re not supposed to turn. You don’t want to change the direction of the ball other than just getting it (away from the goal).

Thirteen of 14 wrestlers advanced to the Class 5A Region III tournament, which is scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Bryan.

“From that point through the majority of the rest of the game, we weren’t great and they were good enough to be dangerous. They created some chances, but we hung around.”

“The girls wrestled pretty well. Next week, we’ll see if we can improve our finishes. I’m excited for next week.”

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Gene Schallenberg/The Huntsville Item Huntsville guard La’Cresia Spivey drives to the basket, while Cathy Aguilar defends during practice Friday afternoon at the Paul Bohan Hornet Gym. The Lady Hornets tip off the Class 5A state playoffs Monday as they take on Georgetown in a bi-district contest at Hearne High School at 7 p.m.

They won’t have to wait much longer as the Huntsville girls basketball team tips off the Class 5A playoffs on Monday.

The Lady Hornets, the third-place finishers out of District 20-5A, will face District 19-5A runner-up Georgetown. The playoff contest will be held at Hearne High School and tips off at 7 p.m.

“It’s going to be a pretty fast game and we’ve got to bring our own energy to Hearne, so that we can get the (win),” Huntsville junior post Rukiah Utley said Friday.

The Lady Hornets are coming off a thrilling victory in which they rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter last Tuesday to beat district co-champ Magnolia West

“I feel like if we can come back from 10, we can come back from anything,” said Lady Hornets junior guard Markayla Johnson.

“They had high intensity and they never gave up,” Huntsville head coach Pinellafie Johnson said. “… The defense knew it was going undefeated at home. They picked the intensity up and they were excited about it.”

The Lady Hornets will be taking on a team that, like them, posted a 23-9 record this season.

Georgetown went 13-3 in District 19-5A to tie for second place, winning the district’s No. 2 seed by a coin flip.

The Lady Eagles scored 1,387 (43.3 average) points this season, compared to Huntsville’s 1,483 (46.3).

“I know they’re a good, solid basketball team,” the Lady Hornets coach said. “They’ve got good post girls. They have good ball movement. They shoot the ball well and have good basketball knowledge. They’ve got it all, but I think we can compete with them well. I saw them play on film, but of course, film isn’t anything like the real thing. I still think that if they play with the intensity they played with, they can come out on top.”

Georgetown will have plenty of size around the basket with 6-foot posts Mackenzy Mouton and Jade Smith.

The Lady Hornets will look for ways to slow down the Lady Eagles’ leading scorer Jaelyn Knight (9.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game).

“They have size,” Pinellafie Johnson said. “That’s why we’re not going to (play man defense) on them. They have four big girls. They have basketball sense. I think our 2-3 defense, along as we’re communicating, will be fine.”

The Huntsville girls look to counter Georgetown’s size with their speed and suffocating defense.

“Using the film, they run a 2-3 and we do very well with that, so I think we’ll be fine,” Markayla Johnson said.

After beating Anderson-Shiro in a tiebreaker game on Friday in Huntsville, the Lady Dogs head to the Class 3A state basketball playoffs as the No. 3 seed out of District 21-3A.

The New Waverly girls will take on Pollok Central, the runner-up out of District 22-3A, on Tuesday at Livingston Junior High at 6 p.m.

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