BOYS SOCCER: Fit to be Tied Again, Dobie Advances in Shootout Over Titans

BOYS SOCCER: Fit to be Tied Again, Dobie Advances in Shootout Over Titans
Posted on 03/28/2015
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Dobie senior Sergio Quintanilla races toward the sideline after scoring the Longhorns' second goal of the game. Teammates Santos Blanco (13) and Jose Reyes (5) join the celebration.
side boxCHANNELVIEW -- Packing more ties than a haberdashery, the Dobie boys soccer team landed in yet another knotty situation in the first round of the boys state playoffs on Friday night before finally breaking free from upset-minded Port Arthur Memorial in a tense shootout.

The Longhorns, who combined five ties with 11 victories to go unbeaten during their District 22-6A championship run, needed 20 minutes of overtime -- and then 20 shootout exchanges -- to eliminate the Titans. After a 2-2 regulation jam, Dobie prevailed 8-7 on shootout kicks.

Longhorns goaltender Rigoberto Fuentes, showing frustration with the Titans’ success in the shootout, finally rejected the shot the Longhorns needed to advance. It came down to a kick by Memorial’s Ricardo Cibrian, the 20th of the shootout. Cibrian needed the kick to tie the tiebreaker at 8-8 and keep his team alive.

But Fuentes sniffed out the direction of the kick, dived to his right and solidly rejected it as about 200 Dobie students and fans erupted in celebration.

The Longhorns will next take on defending state champion Fort Bend Clements in second-round action next Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at The Fort Bend ISD's Mercer Stadium.

Clements advanced with a 4-1 victory over Clear Creek Friday night.

Last year Clements beat Pasadena 2-1 in the Region III final enroute to the state title.

Against the Titans, Dobie got both goals from senior Sergio Quintanilla, both in the second half. Quintanilla tied the game at 1-1 with a 20-foot blast from the right side not quite two minutes after intermission.

Fourteen minutes later, Quintanilla scored on a header from roughly the same spot to give the Longhorns a 2-1 lead.

But Quintanilla’s heroics could only offset a two-goal performance from Titans sophomore Jose Figueroa. Figueroa’s breakaway goal with 15 minutes left in regulation tied the game at 2-2. Neither team scored in either of the two 10-minute overtimes.

In the shootout, both teams converted the first five kicks, with Dobie leading at that point 3-2. Suddenly, the two teams combined to miss the next four, leaving the Longhorns’ 3-2 edge in place.

The next 10 kicks found the net, including one by Mateo Gutierrez that gave Dobie an 8-7 edge. That’s when Fuentez reenergized himself and blocked Cibrian’s bullet toward the left corner.

Dobie now stands 15-1-6 for the season with ties in four of its last six games.

The Pasadena boys team advanced on Thursday night with a 2-1 victory over North Shore. The Eagles will take on Fort Bend Travis in second-round action next Thursday at Dawson High School at 7:30 p.m.

Both of Pasadena Memorial's soccer teams were eliminated in first-round games. The Mavericks' boys team tied Channelview, 0-0, but Channelview advanced on the basis of a 4-2 shootout edge. The Lady Mavericks fell to 22-6A champion Deer Park 5-0.

Dobie's Mateo Gutierrez lands the deciding shootout kick.

Dobie's Jose Reyes (5) mixes it up with Titan defenders on a throw-in from the sideline.

Sabino Lozano crosses the ball into the middle of the field for the Longhorns.

Dobie's Josue Villata gets tangled between Memorial goalkeeper Juan Rangel and the Titans' Brayan Salazar (5). Rangel was briefly hurt in the collision.

At left, Lozano (5) duels for the ball in front of the Titans' goal; Dobie's Andy Garcia (23), right, lays down a header.