In back-to-back games, the Jags showed they are still kings of the city soccer wars, beating Edinburg North Tuesday and EHS Friday, to run their district win streak to 31 games.
Friday, Econ found themselves in the usual struggle against Edinburg, and came out with an overtime win thanks to two goals in the extra period from Carlos Cabrera. After taking an early lead the Jags (now 4-0) allowed the equalizer on a windy night but rallied to win against a Bobcat team (0-4) that always gets fired up to play the East Side kids.
Econ set the tone for its victory over North Tuesday with some physical play right off the bat, parlaying goals from Juan Pantoja and Cabrera into a 2-0 win at home.
The Jags knocked North star Wally De le Paz out of the game in the first 90 seconds, throwing the Cougar timing off and establishing themselves as the aggressors, managing a goal in each half to run to 3-0 in district.
North, then 2-1 after the loss, came in on a roll, but lost focus after the injury, and struggled to get it back. The Coogs mounted some decent runs at goalkeeper Robert Navarro, but he was able to turn them back, including on a key penalty kick by Virgil Pena in the second.
Both of these teams figure to be in the hunt for the 31-5A title, but the Jags were the stronger side in the first of two matches between the rivals this season. The schedule ahead has Econ versus Harlingen at home Tuesday and then at P-SJ-A Friday
In girls’ action, Paige Gutierrez and Katy Lipscomb scored two goals apiece as North remained unbeaten with a 4-2 decision over Pharr North Friday. The Lady Cougars are now 4-0 in district and 14-0 overall, with the impending showdown against juggernaut Harlingen South Tuesday night at home.
EHS is now 3-1 after a 3-1 win against Econ, and after Tuesday’s tilt with Pharr North the Lady Bobcats anticipated a two-game stretch with South and Edinburg North on the slate, the latter game coming Feb. 17.
From girls’ hoops, Edinburg lost to Harlingen South, 69-46, to drop to 10-3, 27-7 but did not lose ground for second place behind the Lady Hawks after Harlingen was upset by Pharr North Friday. The Lady Bobcats went into the season finale Tuesday needing a win against rival Edinburg North, with the Lady Cards set to take on Harlingen South.
If EHS gets second, it will get a playoff date with either Brownsville Hanna or San Benito, who were tied for second in 32-5A going into Tuesday’s play.
The North Lady Coogs (8-5) have wrapped up a playoff spot and will take on 32-5A champ Weslaco in bi-district whatever the result of Tuesday’s grudge match against the Lady ‘Cats. Brandy Garcia put in 19 points for North in its easy 60-34 victory over P-SJ-A Memorial Friday, while Vicky Pena added a dozen. Weslaco beat North handily during the non-district slate, 67-33.