Soccer prowess

Staff photo by Joshua Reese

Wharton Tigers midfielder Essau Guajardo (9) prepares to kick as Brazosport players are near him during a district game this week that ended in a victory for WHS.

In their first game ever played at Eddie Joseph Memorial Stadium, the Wharton Tigers blanked Bay City, 11-0. This was also the district opener and the victory improved Wharton to 8-3-1 for the season. 

In the Jan. 27 match, six different Tigers scored, with Josue Guajardo earning a hat trick. He scored his third goal in the second half under windy and cold conditions.

Josh Rivas, Esau Guajardo and Frank Gutierrez each scored two goals.

Rounding out the scoring were Bryan Perez and Rene Mata.

Rivas had a team-high four assists. Among the other Tigers to earn assists were Cristian Rodriguez, Francisco Placensia, Josue Guajardo, Esau Guajardo, Gutierrez, and Mata.

Goalkeepers Christopher Martinez and Juan Quiroz each played a half totaling 40 minutes.

No WHS players received yellow or red cards.

WHS followed this win up on Monday, Feb. 3 with another home victory against the Brazosport Exporters, 4-0.

Once again, the weather was cold, but the Tigers’ offense heated up in the second half, scoring three goals to put the game out of reach. The Tigers dominated possession in the first half, and had a lot of looks at the opposing goal. 

In district play, the Tigers are 3-0 and have outscored opponents 17-1. 

On Friday, Feb. 7, WHS will play on the road against Palacios. The Tigers will be back at home to play El Campo at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb.10.

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