Shared from the 3/18/2016 San Antonio Express eEdition

H.S. SOCCER ROUNDUP

Jefferson back atop District 28-5A

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Jefferson goalkeeper Miguel Del Fierro makes a save as Edison’s Livan Hernandez challenges Thursday at the SAISD Complex.

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With Jefferson’s two-year reign over District 28-5A having ended a year ago, the Mustangs entered this season determined to reclaim the top prize.

But those plans took a serious blow with a four-goal loss to Edison on Feb. 16, and the prospects didn’t look any better when the Mustangs faced a one-goal deficit a minute into Thursday’s showdown for first place at the SAISD Complex. That’s when Jefferson senior John Mendoza said he had enough. No matter what it took, he said, the Mustangs were going to do everything they could to change the narrative.

Mendoza did his part, scoring two second-half goals as Jefferson scored four straight after an early deficit to top Edison 4-1 and clinch the 28-5A title.

“It was a big upset for us,” Mendoza said of Edison unseating the Mustangs last year as district champion and winning their first district encounter 5-1 last month. “All I knew is that we didn’t want to go through that again. We were going to do everything in our power to prevent that from happening.”

In a contest that was intense and contentious, and ran the gamut from four red-card ejections — two for dissent, one for yellow-card accumulation and the fourth for committing a foul that denied an obvious goalscoring opportunity — to a frightening medical emergency, Jefferson (13-7, 13-3) rebounded after facing an early deficit on Edison’s Jose Rodriguez’s goal a minute into the game. Ivan Perez sparked Jefferson’s comeback with a goal to tie it at 1-1. Rory Arriaga put the Mustangs ahead for good at 2-1 with a tally in the 17th minute.

“I just throught, ‘Hey, it’s barely a minute in, there’s plenty of time to go,’ ” Mendoza said. “Anything can happen. We’ve just got to keep fighting no matter what. In the end, we’ll pull through if we really want to.”

The game was delayed about 40 minutes after an Edison player was injured after colliding with a Jefferson player with 33 seconds left before halftime. The Edison player fell to the ground, and as a trainer went to attend to him, he appeared to suffer a seizure. Paramedics were called to the complex, and the player was taken off the field on a stretcher. He waved to fans and teammates.

Girls

Johnson 1, MacArthur 0: Courtney Trimble put in a pass from Ashley Stamps for the game-winning goal only four minutes into a contest that decided second place in 26-6A.

“We really wanted to focus going into this game on having our touches down, everyone working hard, just being physical and having everything go right for us,” Johnson defender Bailee Shanks said. “I think going into playoffs, we have a good momentum.“ tthomas@express-news.net

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