NAVASOTA, Texas -- The men’s soccer team opened district play Monday night against the Rattlers at Brule Field in Navasota.
The Cougars were firing on all cylinders despite the 40 degree weather and constant light rain. From the first whistle the Cougars were on the attack and controlled the ball superbly throughout the beginning of the first half, but were unable to find the net.
In the 22nd minute of the first half the Cougars unleashed a fury of four goals when Ricky Harrison served up a corner kick perfectly across the goal that Steven Smith headed into the back of the net. Four minutes later Dakota Stephens cleaned up a Rattler deflection and found the net off a corner kick served up by Ricky Harrison.
The Cougars continued the attack and in the 36th minute Steven Smith orchestrated a series of combination passes and pushed the ball to an open lane in the middle of the field where Dakota Stephens scored his second goal of the match. One minute later Zack Hardin passed a perfect ball to Rico Davila inside the box for the Cougars’ fourth goal of the half.
In the second half the Cougars continued their relentless attack and dominated the game with their ball control. In the 8th minute of the second half Hunter Wilson scored the Cougars’ fifth goal of the match off a sideline throw from Joe Sellers that was headed backwards from Steven Smith. The Cougars scored their sixth and final goal of the match when Benji Elliott cleaned up a Rattler deflection off a sideline throw from Joe Sellers.
The Cougars shut out the Rattlers with outstanding play from the defensive line led by Joseph Cohn and superb hands in the goal despite the wet conditions by Emmy Vasquez and Traes Hogan. The Cougars will travel to Rudder High to play the Rangers on Friday night at Merrill Green Stadium.
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