The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Pirate soccer team played a close game with the Somerset Bulldogs throughout, but did not have an answer after falling behind two goals in a 3-1 loss in the Bi-District round of the playoffs Saturday, March 27 in Beeville.
The Pirates end the regular season with an overall record of 10-8.
RFHS Head Boys Soccer Coach Mike Elkins said his team pulled the trigger too early in multiple offensive possessions against Somerset and were a little “out of sync” in that area.
“We didn’t play our game, and that’s a ball control game. Working it up top,” said Elkins. “When we got anywhere near the 18-yard box, it seemed like we wanted to pull the trigger and shoot. Like we didn’t want to test their fullbacks or their keeper.
“We just seemed really out of sync.”
The Pirates were also without one of their lead playmakers up top in Cristobol Deleon.
The game got off to a quick start with two goals scored in the first minute of play.
Somerset capitalized on an opportunity behind the back line of RFHS and scored to make it 1-0.
Less than 30 seconds later, Juan Vazquez assisted to Max Carreon who put a hard shot above the Somerset keeper to tie it up at 1-1.
In the 27th minute, Somerset got an opportunity on goal in a set piece just outside the 18-yard box. A hard strike came in on keeper Michael Gonzalez and the shot squeezed just inside Gonzalez and the front post to make it 2-1.
RFHS trailed 2-1 at the half.
In the 53rd minute, a long, powerful strike from a Somerset forward at 25 yards out took a hard bounce past a diving Gonzalez for the Bulldogs third goal of the game.
The Pirates held possession for the majority of the half, but could not find the back of the net with numerous attempts on goal. Somerset’s defense never broke the rest of the game, defeating RFHS 3-1.
RFHS will graduate six seniors at the conclusion of the 2020-21 season.
Forward Richard Lizcano, midfielder Alex Ruiz, and goalie Michael Gonzalez are prominent starters the team will hope to replace next season.
Other seniors departing are defender Gavin Mayfield, defender Sergio Rodriguez, and midfielder Nathan Terhune.
“They’ve all played four years in the program, and I just hate for the fact that it ends on a note like this (playoff loss),” said Elkins. “It’s a bittersweet taste left in your mouth when you lose the Bi-District game.”