GC Boys Soccer: Tigers drive toward playoffs with 2-1 win over Terrell

Mar. 4—This was one they had to have.

And they got it.

Got it with two second half goals, including the game winner with just 1:59 on the clock — a goal from Alejandro De La Vega that knocked off Terrell 2-1 Friday night and sets up the final drama of the season for Corsicana's Tiger soccer team — a team that went wild when the winning goal was scored.

"It was crazy," Tiger soccer Coach Caleb Coy said. "Everyone on the field was going crazy and I had to get my assistant coaches to make sure our kids on the bench didn't run on the field."

Nope, they stayed on the sideline and did the right thing on a night when the Tigers did the right thing and the best thing they could do to enhance their run to the playoffs.

Giancarlo Zuniga, a freshman sensation, scored for the Tigers and Omar Delacruz and Santiago Centeno delivered the two assists in the win.

Beating Terrell lifted the Tigers to a 5-5 district record. They're still in fifth place (by percentage points) but with two games left on the schedule they have a mountain of momentum to get to the playoffs.

"Friday was the big one," Coy said.

It sure was. A loss would have made the final week of the season a pressure-packed nightmare for a team that's coming together at the perfect time.

The Tigers are in fifth, behind fourth-place Red Oak and third-place Forney, but the window (and even the door) is open. They kicked it loose by upsetting second-place Terrell (7-2-1) but they can't slow down or even take a breath. The formula to the playoffs is as simple as winning their final two games.

They play Crandall Tuesday and Lancaster Friday and both games are on the road. But Corsicana handled Crandall 6-1 earlier and ran by Lancaster 10-0.

Red Oak is in fourth right now at 4-3-3 with two games left and the Tigers have to leap frog the Hawks because Red Oak owns the tiebreaker against the Tigers.

Red Oak plays first-place Ennis (8-1-1) Tuesday in Ennis and faces Crandall at home on Friday. Forney (6-3-2) is in third with one game left — at Terrell Tuesday night.

The Tigers know that they're in if they win their final two games, and they could even finish as high as third-place. Red Oak can only win a total of six games and Forney can only win a total of seven.

"We can get third if we win our last two games and Red Oak loses and Forney loses," Coy said.