The season may have ended for Sam Houston boys soccer team but the team has a lot to be proud of.
Sure not advancing in the playoffs hurt a little, but compared to where the team was last year, making the playoffs was a great sign the program is headed in the right direction.
Just last year, the Tigers were in the second to last spot of their district, but this year they’re the district champs of 18-6A with a district record of 9-1-2 and an overall record of 11-3-2.
“Our leadership and our captains helped turn things around,” Robert Montiel, Sam Houston’s coach said. “They knew who could start and who could be counted on.”
The players that helped lead the team were seniors Jimmy Maldonado, Luis Gonzalez, and Daniel Martinez.
Maldonado led the district in goals with 12-plus goals and Maldonado and Martinez worked together to be defensive anchors for the team.
Though the Tigers had success on the field, another sign that the program is headed in the right direction is the team’s success in the classroom.
13 seniors are going to college for academics and Oscar Ochoa, Jorge Ruiz, Alberto Ledesma, and Daniel Martinez are projected to be ranked in the top ten of their graduating class.
“They’re really good on the soccer field, but I’m most proud of their plans for college,” Montiel said.
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