Boys Soccer: Farmersville loses valley title after penalty kicks

The Aztecs scored two less penalty kicks resulting in a 5-3 loss in the Division V valley title game

By Jermaine Johnson II

@Jerm_10

FARMERSVILLE – It was the battle of the Aztecs last Friday in an evenly matched valley championship game. Farmersville ended their remarkable season in a heartbreaking way after Mendota outscored them 4-2 in penalty kicks.

The game’s excitement and intensity could be felt from the field to the fans in the stands on both sides. Both teams were scoreless through the first 80 minutes of regulation. Towards the end of the first overtime period, Farmersville got the first point of the game. Felix Zarate kicked the ball into the box which resulted in a Mendota player headbutting the ball which flew backwards into the net. Seconds before the referee blew the whistle to end the first overtime period, Mendota evened the score after a scrum in the box on their side of the field.

Despite another 10 minutes of overtime plus 10 more minutes of sudden death, neither offense could score again. As a result, both teams had their hard work of the season get decided by penalty kicks. Star sophomore Jose Solis scored the first goal but only one of his three teammates were able to match him. Mendota hit all four of their shots which led to a large celebration with their numerous fans on Farmersville’s field.

“At any given moment, one of the Aztecs were going to win. The teams were so evenly matched that we were destined to go all the way to penalty kicks,” Farmersville head coach Michael Jordan said.

The two teams displayed pristine ball movement and placement throughout the night. Both defenses were fast, which made it difficult for the opposing offense to get any penetration. Farmersville hadn’t allowed a goal in the postseason leading up to the championship game. Over the same stretch, Mendota outscored their opponents 10-2. The two teams played a physical game against each other with three yellow cards being handed out during the match.

This game marked the first home loss in over two seasons for Farmersville. It was their sixth valley championship game since 2004 and they were 5-0 in the previous matchups. With over 1,200 fans that came out to support, soccer has become a big deal in the Farmersville community.

“Soccer is a point of pride in this town, it’s the most successful program we’ve had for many years,” Jordan said. “There’s a lot of people in this town who play and love this game so it is not surprising that so many people came out.”

Moving forward, Farmersville will be losing 12 seniors and Jordan deemed next year as a rebuilding season. Despite the big losses, they received strong efforts from several under-classmen who played a major role in the team’s accomplishments this year. They will look to continue to build on that success to avenge the tough ending to the season.

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