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Soccer season ends for boys and girls

After successful season, both teams fall in second round

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Junior Liv Cerna gets past a defender in a game against Uvalde on March 29. Flour Bluff won 1-0.

Junior Liv Cerna gets past a defender in a game against Uvalde on March 29. Flour Bluff won 1-0.

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Junior Liv Cerna gets past a defender in a game against Uvalde on March 29. Flour Bluff won 1-0.

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The girls and boys soccer seasons have met their conclusions. The girls finished with a 14-4-1 record and the boys went 16-2-2.

On March 23, girls soccer faced off against Ray and came away with a 2-1 victory. This victory was crucial to the team securing a spot in the playoffs. Coach Mario Lopez said the team had a good sense of speed and was committed to doing well this season.

“They know what it takes, and they were able to put in the time, energy and work to do it,” Lopez said.

Senior Mia Garcia reflected on her final season with the team.

“The whole season is one great memory,” Garcia said.

Garcia will be continuing her soccer career at the University of Houston-Victoria.

Some things have changed for Garcia this year, especially since she became team captain. Although her responsibilities have changed, her love for the game goes unwavered.

“The people I’m around and my teammates” make the game most enjoyable, Garcia said.

Lopez said he hoped to push his team to work hard and to give them a good experience.

“(I tell my players to) be good teammates, work hard, try to play good soccer and try to have fun while you’re doing it,” he said.

Lopez has many detailed reasons why he enjoys coaching in general.

“I get to work with young people to try to be successful on the field and off the field,” Lopez said. “It’s hard work, but it has a good sense of reward to it when you see a kid smile because they’re having a good experience or you see their family smiling with their kids because they’ve had good experiences.”

In the first round, the team was able to get the best of Uvalde, 1-0, thanks to a late go-ahead goal by junior Liv Cerna. They would go on to lose to Pace High School, 4-1, in the second round.

As for boys soccer, their performance this year was right on par with the girls team. Their playoff run had a similar start as they also faced Ray in the interzone playoff. They came out on top, 4-0.

In round one, they faced off against Southside. They trailed 1-0 early, but came away with a 3-1 victory and moved on to the second round. Senior Fabian Pallares tied up the game at one and the team didn’t look back.

Lopez High School got the best of the team in the second round and won 2-1.

“I’ll miss the team in general, the coach, and all the good times I had throughout my three years,” Pallares said.

St. Edwards University soccer is the next stop for Pallares after he graduates this summer.

Pallares said he is proud of the team’s resilience, which gave the players the push they needed to match Vets’ record at the conclusion of the regular season.

Soccer has been a big part of Pallares’ life. He finds one aspect of playing the most enjoyable.

“… the friendships I’ve been able to make with the players,” he said.

Overall, both teams had successful 2018 campaigns. Their paths were similar and they both finished their seasons in the same round.

Although some key players have stepped off the field for the last time, other players will soon take on the leadership roles left by the seniors.

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