The soccer season at Waltrip High School is officially over and both the boys and girls teams had an excellent year with one team making a deep playoff run while the other was unbeaten in claiming a district championship.
The Waltrip soccer team had an extended playoff run came to an end last week in the Region III tournament and the girls were the undefeated District 24-5A champions, but fell in the first round of the playoffs.
District 24-5A was well-represented last week in the Region III-5A semifinals at Turner Stadium in Humble with champion Houston Wisdom and runner-up Waltrip making up half the Final Four. And Wisdom was the team that took the regional championship with the Rams getting eliminated in the semifinals, 2-1, in a thrilling match against Huntsville. But just 24 hours later, Wisdom scored two goals in the final 18 minutes to rally for a 2-1 win over Huntsville, to advance to this weekend’s 5A state tournament.
In the regional semifinal loss, the Rams scored first in the game, going up 1-0 at the 25-minute mark of the first half. But the Hornets tied it just before halftime and then got what would be the game-winner with a goal off a corner kick during the middle of the second half. The ball sailed in front of the goal post and was loose for a few seconds before a Hornet forward drilled it into the back of the net to set off a big Huntsville celebration. The Rams finished 9-3 in the district, losing 1-0 to Wisdom on the final night of the regular season.
That win allowed the Generals to close out as the undefeated champs. But the Rams regrouped once the playoffs started, winning three straight games, including two by shutouts, before they fell to Huntsville.
The red-and-white opened the postseason with a hardfought 3-2 win over Texas City and then whipped Crosby 4-0 in the Area Round to advance to the regional round for the first time in over a decade.
They opened the quarterfinals with a superb 3-0 win over Kingwood Park to put them in the semifinals against Huntsville. In that win, the match was scoreless at halftime, but the Rams found the back of the net three times in the final 40 minutes to break it open and secure their trip to the semifinals.
While there was a chance, it could be an all-HISD regional finals, Wisdom played very well to win the Region III banner. The Generals defeated A & M Consolidated 2-0 in the first semifinal before Waltrip played its final playoff game.
The Rams finished 12-4 on the season and all four of the losses were by one goal. They finished 9-3 in district with two 1-0 setbacks to Wisdom and a 1-0 loss to Sharpstown.
The Lady Rams, after placing second last winter, were the undefeated and undisputed 24-5A champions, going 16-0-0 in the league en route to an amazing 18-1-0 regular season.
Led by a senior group that has played a pivotal role in the program’s success the last two years, the Waltrip girls finished ahead of Austin for their first district title in school history.
The team was defeated 2-0 by Manvel out of District 23-5A in the first round of the playoffs.
The Mustangs scored a goal in each half to getthe win.
Goalkeeper Robyn Dogina, Sara Garcia Yesmin Castillo, Angelina Cuevas, Savanna Guzman, and Giselle Lopez were the seniors on the Waltrip team this year.