It was the first official weekend of boys soccer in Texas, but Robert E. Lee’s squad went into Friday’s home contest seeing visiting Porter as a final scrimmage prior to 2 p.m. Monday’s contest against rivals Sterling.
The Ganders battled to a scoreless tie before Porter opened the floodgates in the second half, scoring four times in the final 22 minutes for a 4-0 win.
“The first half I thought they had the better run of the play and had the better opportunities,” REL head coach Jay Langlois said. “We kept our shape, but we weren’t getting through to have more chances. They played five in the midfield and we kept playing at the feet and not getting balls through.”
The second-half explosion by Porter was a byproduct of the first half buildup that appeared to be leading to eventual scores.
“What I really wanted to see was how we responded,” Langlois said. “We have a lot of new varsity players and I don’t think we regrouped well. It was a snowball effect.
“We just don’t have enough of those final balls and not at the stage where we can threaten other teams yet.”
GCM splits over the weekend
The Patriots moved to 1-1-1 over the season’s first week of play with a 1-0 win over Fort Bend Hightower Saturday
“We dominated the first half with chance after chance,” GCM head coach William Freeman said. “We had close breakaways, but could not convert.”
The second half saw Hightower control play, but could not overcome Evan Rangel’s score and Christian Schaeffer’s play in goal after stepping in following injuries in front of him.
On Friday, the Patriots lost 3-2 to Clear Falls.
GCM got goals from Edward Rodriguez and Jonathan Roman to ultimately tie the contest after falling behind early.
“We gave up the third goal with under two minutes left in the game,” Freeman said.
Barbers Hill routs Bridge City
The Eagles are 1-1 this season as goals by Logan Salazar, Steven Copeland and Byron Trejo led Barbers Hill to a 5-0 win.
Copeland led the group with two goals.
Jacob Tran, Enes Durmas, Logan Salazar and Alvaro Garcia all assisted a goal for the Eagles who play at the Dayton Classic this weekend.