Boys soccer clinch district title

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Cooper Jenkins wins the ball wide on the right side and passes up field in the Panthers’ 6-0 win over Boerne last Friday at Panther Stadium. (Shannon Hofmann Photo)

Cooper Jenkins wins the ball wide on the right side and passes up field in the Panthers’ 6-0 win over Boerne last Friday at Panther Stadium. (Shannon Hofmann Photo)

By Lauren Jette

With Tuesday night’s win over Little River Academy, the Panther soccer team remained undefeated in District 25 action for the second year in a row, and clinched another district championship and will now set their sights on returning to the state tournament.

“It’s kind of what we’ve set out to do with the guys from last year,” said head coach Darren Bauer.

“We wanted to set a tradition that if you were going to play us, you were going to have a battle on your hands. This district knows that when they come and play us, it’s going to be a tough match.

“Now we just have to carry on the guys side like we did last year and make sure the whole state knows that.”

Liberty Hill posted a 6-0 shutout over the Bees, with three goals scored in the first half, and three in the second half. Academy never broke through the Panther defense to get close enough to the goal, while the Bees had to fight off several shots from Liberty Hill attackers.

Next up for the Panthers will most likely be La Grange in the first round of playoffs, Bauer said. Date and location will be decided at a later date, although the game won’t take place before next Thursday.

La Grange holds a 5-10-1 record with a 3-6 record in District 26 action.

Liberty Hill holds a 19-3 record after going 10-0 in district. The Panthers’ only losses came against Waco, Waco Midway and Gatesville early in the season, and have been on a 14-game win streak since Jan. 21.

In district, the Panthers posted six shutouts, while out-scoring opponents 52-7.

In a non-district game against Boerne at home on March 11, the Panthers blasted the Greyhounds 6-0.

Joey Serio scored the first goal off the assist from Izaac Zausch in the 10th minute of play.

Clayton Oehrlein scored off the Zausch assist in the 18th minute.

Colton Walter got the third goal off the assist by Dawson Carroll in the 30th minute.

Zausch scored from the assist by Carter Jenkins in the 36th minute.

Lucas Guene scored with an assist from Slade Cummins in the 41st minute.

Carroll scored the final Liberty Hill goal in the 94th minute to seal the win.

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