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Crosby’s AJ Flores, 14, fights off a Fort Bend Willowridge opponent as they await a header Friday. Crosby won 2-1. (photo by Jerry Michalsky)

DAYTON – The Crosby Cougars used a Steven Godinez penalty kick in the 55th minute to regain the lead and take a 2-1 win over the Willowridge Eagles on Saturday morning in the semi-final game at Houston Methodist Field at Bronco Stadium to move into the championship game of the Dayton Tournament. 

The Cougars (4-0-1) were to play defending Class 5A runners up Sharpstown in the championship match later that afternoon. a 1-0 defeat.

The Cougars wasted little time in grabbing an early 1-0 lead as Godinez scored on a breakaway with an assist from Hugo Lopez in the third minute of the contest.

Godinez had a shot on goal in the 24th minute which was off and Crosby’s lead held firm as the teams headed to the intermission.

Willowridge used the wind in the second half and pressured the Cougars defense. forcing a penalty kick at the 45th minute in which the Eagles converted to tie the game at 1-apiece. 

Crosby shifted the momentum and started to bear down on the Willowridge defensive side to force a penalty of their own in which Godinez easily converted for the game winner. 

The Cougars almost got another one with just two-minutes left as Trevor Helburg had a shot on goal that just missed. 

“That’s about as physical of a game your going to get in non-district,” said Crosby head coach Nathan Helburg. “The wind was also a big factor this morning. Give credit to our kids; they kept on pressing even after they tied it up. It was a good win for us to get.”

OTHER SCORES

Sterling boys 4, Clear Creek 1

The Sterling Rangers moved to 3-0 this season with another win at the Clear Creek Invitational, this time a 4-1 win over the hosts on Friday.

Martin Cendejas scored twice while both Rogelio Chavez and Andy Gomez each tallied a goal apiece for the winning Rangers.

Cy Creek boys 5, GCM 2

Kevin Gonzalez and Jose Gonzalez each struck home on goal but it wasn’t enough for the Patriots who fell 5-2 against hosts Cy Creek.

GCM is 1-2-1 this season.

REL girls 3, Marshall 1

The Robert E. Lee Lady Ganders opened their season with a 3-1 win in Fort Bend behind scores by Sofia Padilla, Gabriella Leija and Sarah Salinas.

Leija also assisted the other two scores.

“The girls dominated from the get go,” REL head coach Jon Cherry said. We had several early shots sail over the crossbar on a windy night.”

Cherry said the Marshall goalie made plenty of saves to keep the gave in reach for the hosts.

“The Ganders settled and passed their way down the field and time and time again made some beautiful crosses which set up their teammates for some goals,” Cherry said. “I am super proud of how our ladies played.”

Sterling girls 2, Spring 1

Isabel De La Rosa scored twice to help Sterling’s girls record their first win this season in a 2-1 win over Spring Friday.

Sterling (1-3) lost earlier in the day 1-0 at the Willis Tournament to the hosts.

Davis girls 1, Barbers Hill 0

The Barbers Hill girls team fell in the consolation semifinals of the Katy ISD Tournament Panther Bracket, 1-0 to Aldine Davis on Friday.

Sterling girls 2, Spring 1

Isabel De La Rosa scored twice to help Sterling’s girls record their first win this season in a 2-1 win over Spring Friday.

GCM girls trip rained on

Two games scheduled Friday in Fort Worth were rained out for the GCM girls team.

– Alan Dale

 

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