Farmersville Aztecs have best postseason run in five years

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By Patrick Dillon @pdillon_sgn

FARMERSVILLE – The future looks promising for the Aztecs after their Division V semifinals appearance last week. Although they lost 4-0 to the top seeded Garces Memorial Rams it has head coach Michael Jordan excited for what future lies ahead.

“It was definitely a surprise making it this far,” Jordan said. “We had a lot of youth on this year’s team.”

Some of that youth for the No. 4 Aztecs (21-9; 9-3) came from the play of five freshmen starters. Two of which led the team in scoring. Felix Zarate had a team leading 23 goals. Jose Solis was close behind him with 17 of his own.

While their talent is unmatched it was their lack of experience in bigger games cost Farmersville this season. When No. 1 Garces (22-2-4; 7-2-1) attacked the Aztecs with their tactical experience the Rams’ top scorers Moises Cisneros and Ebubechukwu Ekpenogu, who are both juniors, combined for three of their scores.

“It bit us in the butt in the bigger moments this year,” Jordan said. “We have plenty of exuberant youth, but with that comes mistakes.”

Those youthful mistakes cost the Aztecs a chance at winning and a share of the East Sequoia League title when they lost their last two games of the regular season to drop out of contention.

Farmersville’s youthfulness however produced a couple big wins as well. Their 5-2 win over No. 5 Fowler Redcats (12-12-6; 6-5-1) in the quarterfinals was the Aztecs first playoff win since 2014.

Recent rain had flooded the field at Farmersville High School, and provided a great equalizer for the Aztecs. Farmersville’s possession game was able to work its way through the massive puddles and led to two goals.

Farmersville added another in the first half after Fowler had tied it up and took a 3-2 halftime lead into the locker rooms.

Due to the flooding Farmerville had an advantage in the second half. They were now attacking the dryer side of the field. The ability to get clean contact on the ball led to two more goals and the win.

The chemistry which Farmersville’s young players showed during their win over Fowler is something Jordan wants to keep alive. Over the off season he wants to have his team engage in bonding exercise and practices in order to build more of a family atmosphere.

“We’ve got the start of something that could be great, but we want to keep it going,” Jordan said.

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