By David Tuma, Publisher
The Tigers soccer team drew a very, very good draw heading into the playoff. They play Garland Sachse in the first round. Traditionally Sachse is a powerhouse in boy’s soccer. The Tigers played them a few years back when both teams were nationally ranked in the top 15.
Belton should handle Sachse who finished 10-9 during the regular season. Both Tyler Lee and North Garland were in their district and they finished 12-1 in district play respectively. Lee and North Mesquite are in the other half of Belton’s bracket. They should meet in the second round. North Mesquite should advance to the third round and face the Tigers.
MacArthur 15-4 or Mesquite Horn 16-4 will play either Sachse or Belton. Horn plays in the brutal Dallas Jesuit district. Highland Park finished Lake Highlands finished sixth and seventh in that district.
Belton did benefit from a tough district slate this year with vastly improved Harker Heights and Ellison but district 13-5A has nowhere near the talent from top to bottom like 10-6A.
Belton’s road to a possible regional appearance is no walk in the park. But this year they have no unbeatable teams in their half of Region II. Usually in a deep run it is those little things that get you. Small careless breakdown on defense or a missed point blank shot on goal makes the difference.
Most of the teams past the first round are of Belton’s ability. A few are beyond that but for the most part they are all about the same.
Soccer games are about the same as football, four plays decide most games against good teams. It usually isn’t the final play, that most people remember, that decides who advances.