Daniel Linares, 14, and the Robert E. Lee Ganders dropped a 3-1 home decision against Friendswood Friday.

Robert E. Lee’s boys soccer team remains a playoff threat out of District 22-5A, but hopes of taking the top spot have been put under a bit of duress.

The Ganders fell 3-1 at home Friday against leaders Friendswood and travel to second place Crosby  (14-2-1) Tuesday.

REL (3-1-2 in district) trailed 2-0 at halftime before making a push to rally, falling just short of tying the match.

“We were caught by their speed and physicality,” REL head coach Jay Langlois said. “We settled down and started to absorb it better.  The last 12 minutes of the match were looking good for us. We had some chances.”  

Efren Flores converted a penalty for REL midway through the second half after Daniel Linares lured a Friendswood player into a penalty.

“Daniel drew a hard challenge into the box,” Langlois said. “From there the match was wide open.”

there the match was wide open. We thought the equalizer was going to be inevitable, that’s how much we had possession.

A loose ball turnover was converted by Friendswood in the 78th minute, thwarting any REL comeback attempt.

“I felt like if we got 2-3 points from the matchups with Friendswood and Crosby, we would be in good shape,” Langlois said. “Against Crosby, if we can get 1 or 3 points we’d still be OK.”


Ball 7, GCM 1

GCM is 2-4 in District 22-5A play.

RSS 2, C.E. King 2

Martin Cendejas scored twice for Sterling (5-6-1, 2-3-1).

PN-G 1, Barbers Hill 0

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