On Thursday, March 26, 2014 the Mesquite Skeeter’s boys soccer team took on the Jesuit Rangers in the Skeeter’s first playoff game in 6 years.
The Skeeter’s who came into the game full of excitement and anticipation started off the game by dominating possession. The Skeeter’s put shot after shot on target, forcing the Ranger’s keeper to make many challenging saves but the Skeeter’s were unable to put anything in. The first half ended, 0-0 with the Skeeter’s dominating the game so far.
As the second half kicked off the Skeeter’s didn’t let up, continuing the challenge the Ranger’s back line with sharp runs and shots on goal. The Skeeter’s back line held firm as well, stopping any of the Ranger’s attacks before they could begin. With less than a minute left in regulation the Rangers launched an attack on the Skeeter net, moving up everyone in a last second offensive. As the attack took pace, Skeeter Goalkeeper Alexis Ibarra stood firm to stop the shot from distance. With this shot the game drew to the end of regulation, the score 0-0.
The game now moving to extra time.
The Ranger’s dominated the first half of extra time, launching attack on attack towards the Skeeter net. With 3 minutes to go in the first half of extra time the Ranger’s found the back of a net on a goal that was called back shortly after due to offsides and a foul on Skeeter defender, Jesus Gaytan. This challenge on Gaytan left him having to come out of the game to receive treatment. As the first half of extra time came to a close, the score remained 0-0.
As the second half of extra time began both teams found it hard to maintain possession, constantly losing the ball due to the exhaustion that had fallen over both sides players. The Skeeter’s maintain a slight advantage due to their defensive strength, as they were able to hold off the speedy attacks of Jesuit’s wingers. Both the Skeeter’s and Ranger’s attacks were unavailing as neither team was able to put the ball into the net. As the final whistle rang the score remand 0-0, sending the match into penalty kicks.
Skeeter’s Hernesto Mendoza, Christian Aleman, Saul Para and Geovanni Rayas put in the Skeeter’s first four penalty kicks, with Skeeter keeper Alexis Ibarra stopping the Ranger’s fourth penalty to give the Skeeter’s the advantage. With the game in his hands Mesquite defender, Austin “Caillou” Cuevas stepped to take the Skeeter’s fifth penalty kick. With his penalty being the deciding factor, Cuevas stood strong and put the ball into the back of the net.
Giving the Skeeter’s the victory in Penalty kicks, 5-4.
With this victory the Skeeter’s advance to the second round of the playoffs.