Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Brazoswood whoops up on Stings

By Billy Loveless
Special to The Facts
Published January 13, 2010

CLUTE — Brazoswood’s boys soccer team continued its hot start to the season Tuesday with a 6-2 pounding of Texas City at Slade Field.

The victory, coupled with a win at the Pearland/Friendswood tournament over the weekend, ups the Bucs’ overall record to an undefeated 5-0 mark.

While he admits it’s good to start the year with some wins, Brazoswood head coach Jeff Hunt isn’t allowing his team to look ahead.

“It’s nice to start out this way, but you sure don’t want to hang your hat on it yet,” Hunt said.

“We have a long season ahead, but it’s good to get a little confidence early on.”

The Bucs appeared to have plenty of confidence against Texas City.

Brazoswood scored two early goals to jump out to a quick lead. Then, after Texas City (2-3) scored midway into the first half, the Bucs turned it up a notch and grabbed control of the game.

Brazoswood took multiple shots, resulting in two more goals, in the final 15 minutes of the first half, followed by two more quick goals in the opening five minutes of the second half to up the ante to 6-1.

Nick Sanchez netted three goals in the game, including both of the second-half scores, while Roy Renteria found the back of the net twice. Will Robbins ended with one goal.

“We’ve got some things to work on, but it’s stuff we can clean up in practice,” Hunt said. “Texas City is a very, very fast team and we needed to play someone that would run up and down the field with us.”

The game began on a strong note for Brazoswood when Sanchez headed the ball to Robbins, who scored from close range for the contest’s initial goal two minutes in.

The Bucs increased their lead 13 minutes later when Sanchez netted his first score off a throw-in from Robbins.

Texas City responded with an aggressive offensive attack that resulted in a goal by Luis Rodriguez to cut Brazoswood’s advantage to 2-1 with just less than 15 minutes remaining in the first half.

That seemed get the Bucs fired up, however, as they scored four unanswered goals in the next 20 minutes.

Renteria scored consecutive goals before the first half ended to give Brazoswood a comfortable 4-1 lead.

Renteria’s first goal came off a corner kick from Shea Blevins. His second goal was possibly the nicest score of the game. On the play, Joe Sanabria threw the ball in to Robbins, who delivered a crisp pass to Renteria right in front of the goal for the close-range shot.

“I think a lot of it was panic mode,” Hunt said. “We weren’t playing the kind of ball we had played over the weekend. I think they kind of woke up and realized that we needed to play our kind of game and start distancing ourselves from the opponent.”

Texas City was fired up at the start of the second half, but Brazoswood quickly doused any hopes of a comeback.

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