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Sterling’s Hugo Flores, 8, defends against a North Shore attack during his Rangers 2-0 District 21-6A defeat in Baytown. Despite the defeat, Sterling is still within range of a playoff spot.

A couple of key errors on defense came up huge against a short-handed Sterling boys soccer team in a 2-0 home loss to North Shore Tuesday night.

Sterling (4-6-1 in District 21-6A) must get two wins or a win and a tie with some help in its last three matches to make the playoffs.

“We were playing too defensively and we let them go into the attack too much,” RSS head coach Archie Wright said. “We were letting them dominate the midfield and we were missing three starters and that affected us.”

The starters were out due to illness and injury.

North Shore scored in the 52nd minute to break a scoreless deadlock and then later iced the game on a penalty kick following a handball in the box.

“North Score was the better team but we could have had a better showing if we weren’t short three starters,” Wright said.

GCM boys 3, Santa Fe 2

The Patriots rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit and a 2-1 second half disadvantage to move to 4-7 in District 22-5A play. 

Jose Gonzalez tied the match after intermission and later after GCM fell behind a second time.

Michael Muratetalla tallied the winner with three minutes left.

REL boys, 4  Galena Park 2

The Ganders gave themselves an even better chance at the playoffs with the pivotal road win.

Efren Flores had a hat trick for the Ganders (5-3-3) and Kalani Sylvester also struck the back of the net for the win that came after trailing 2-1 late in the first half.

“Efren iced the game with a superb individual effort through the heart of the Galena Park defense,” REL head coach Jay Langlois said.

GCM girls 5, Santa Fe 0

Tania Rodriguez came up huge with a four-goal effort and senior classmate Lauren Benavides added another score as the Lady Patriots rolled past the visiting Indians. 

GCM (20-1-1, 10-1) have clinched a top-two seed in District 22-5A.

“It was a good game that took us a while to get into, but Tania took over,” GCM head coach Roman Huizar said. “It was her best game of the season.”

Galena Park girls 6, REL 1

Galena Park pulled away from a determined REL effort as the winners led 2-0 at halftime.

“The girls battled hard against a good team and were excited to get a goal,” REL head coach Jon Cherry said. “We had a couple more close opportunities to score.”

Lourdes Vegas scored off an assist by Gabriela Leija.

North Shore girls 8, RSS 1

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