Standing Tall: Broncos use height advantage to score deciding goals late in second half

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

March 21, 2008 - MCKINNEY - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats opened up the bi-district round of the Class 4A playoffs against a speedy McKinney Boyd Broncos team in a 4-1 loss at the McKinney Boyd pitch Thursday night.

"Our guys played well tonight, and they gave it everything they had on the field," said SSHS coach Andy Holt. "They did everything that I asked them to do and they did that all year long.

"Tonight, things just did not go our way and we gave up two goals on throw-ins. It is hard to do anything when they are 6-2, 6-3 and we are not. We are 5-10, 5-11 and it is tough to win those balls in the air when they throw it in the frame. They scored those goals and then scored on a corner and you take those away and we are in the play."

The Wildcats, District 11-4A runners-up, ended their season with a record of 15-7-5.

In the first half, McKinney Boyd (18-4) had a shot to take the lead as Colin Bosch nailed a shot wide of the goal past senior goalie Mario Arellano with 29:40 remaining in the half.

Less than a minute later, the Wildcats stormed out on a breakaway as Cruz Lozano sent a pass to Omar Ortiz, who played despite receiving 20 stitches above his eye after hitting heads with a teammate during practice. Ortiz then sent a pass to a streaking Tate Ramirez for a goal past Broncos goalie Mo Dali for the 1-0 lead with 28:18 remaining.

"That was great work on that goal because we did a great job of stringing some passes together," the coach said. "Tate made a great back door run and Omar made a great pass that Tate was able to bury into the back of the goal."

McKinney Boyd looked to score the equalizer with 22:26 remaining in the half, but Conor Doyle was called offside as Arellano signaled for the offside call.

Sam Haines then tied the game for the Broncos as he came out on a breakaway and blasted a shot past Arellano on the left side with 19:44 remaining in the half.

The Broncos had chances to show their speed and scoring prowess, but the back line of Bailey Booher, Jesus Torres, Chris White and Victor Medina held the Broncos in check throughout the game.

"Victor Medina was still having problems with his hamstring that has been hurt since that Mount Pleasant game," Holt said. "He gave it everything he had and he played well for us. Chris White got in the action and did good for us at outside back and frustrated a couple of their forwards with getting underneath them."

In the second half, the Broncos scored three goals on throw-ins and a breakaway goal to take the win.

Brad Dobberfuhl scored the first goal of the half on a header with 31:21 remaining, while Bosch scored with just over two minutes remaining. Doyle then gave McKinney Boyd a three-goal lead on a breakaway for the 4-1 finale.

"The score was 4-1 but that does not really indicate the game," the coach said. "They scored two goals in the last five minutes and we are trying to push things up to get that equalizer. I thought the guys played well defensively and it was just unfortunate that we were not a little bit taller."

This was the final game of the year for seniors Mario Arellano, Cruz Lozano, Zach Junot, Jesus Torres, Jerry Rodriguez, Victor Medina, Oscar Marroquin, Omar Ortiz, J.D. Cruz, Juan Cisneros, Tate Ramirez and Diego Gonzalez.

"We got a bunch of seniors and this was a great group of seniors with a bunch of leaders," Holt said. "They are helping the younger kids and I was thankful for them doing that this year."

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