By David Tuma, Publisher
Belton pulled off an impressive playoff win in the final minutes in a 3-2 win over Garland Sachse. Jacob Bell headed in the winning goal with 2:24 left in the game for the win. Sasche had just scored with three minutes left in the game to tie it at 2-2.
“Our coach lets us get after it in practice. That helps in a game like this in the playoffs. We did what we were supposed to do tonight, we won. The defense played great and Bell just finished it off,” said Roberto Barrios.
Ryan Diaz was held and drew the first of a multitude of free kicks at 38:36. Sachse struggled with Belton’s speed. Blake Odell beat the final defender on the left side and slipped it past the goalie for the first score of the game. Odell, with the ball, was called off sides at 36:26.
Tyler Mclean had a shot blocked and Brandon Salgado had a stop on defense. Diaz set up Odell who bounced the ball off the goalies head. Thomas Shelburne had a stop at 25:33. Belton was in total control early but Sachse made a game of it.
Sachse got a rebounded goal to give them a 1-0 lead. Selgado hit a crossing pass at 18:57 with Belton in control of the pace of the game but down.
A hard hit in the back drew a penalty kick and the Tigers made Sachse pay. Diaz scored off the free kick to tie the game 1-1 with 16:06 left. Sachse got off two clean shots on goal with Chris Noble handling each.
Belton almost scored off another hit in the back at 9:21 left in the first half that ended tied 1-1.
Diaz had a shot just go over the top bar to start the second half. Diaz and Odell had shots on goal with the Tigers pressing. Shelburne added another stop at 26:54. A forearm to the back drew another free kick. Austin Hagen scored off the rebound to make it 2-1 with 22:26 left in the game.
Paxton Smith had a stop at 18:54. Brandon Coulter had a stop at 15:02. Time was stopped at 13:09 with the game out of control. Cooper made a key steal at 12:05 and Hagen added a stop at 9:35. Odell was called for a hand ball in an over the shoulder pass. He was given a yellow card that drew a reaction from the Belton crowd. Both sides were frustrated with the inconsistently called game.
Shelburne made a stop at 5:04 and Mclean stuffed a breakaway. Sachse scored off a great combination play that was clean as it could be at 3:00 to tie the game. The Tigers held on to win after Bell’s goal.
The Tigers will take on Irving MacArthur in the Texas UIL Class 6A Area Playoff round on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Wilson Kerzee Field.