WHS state ranked

Photo by Michael Morgan

The Wharton High School Tigers’ soccer team is shown during a practice at Eddie Joseph Memorial Stadium last week before they competed in their last tournament of the season in Huffman. A statewide poll of the best soccer teams in Texas by MaxPreps has Wharton ranked No. 4.

The Wharton Tigers’ soccer team played in its last tournament of the season before district play begins.

Their trip to Huffman in north Harris County attracted teams they would not have otherwise played or seen competing.

Wharton came away with a 2-1 record.

One of the teams WHS coach Julio Delgado said he wanted his players to savor a victory against was the Brookshire Royal Falcons, who were undefeated, according to MaxPreps.

Regardless of their undefeated record, Wharton was ranked ahead of Royal in several MaxPrep polls, including Division 4A, Section Region III, and Houston area. 

Delgado told his Tigers during a Thursday, Jan. 9 practice if they beat the best team at the Huffman Tournament, they become the best.

It didn’t quite happen that way as WHS fell to Royal, 3-1.

The lone Tigers goal came from Esau Guajardo.

“We started the tournament slow and flat, losing the first game,” Delgado said. “In the second game, we were down 3-1 and came back …”

WHS would tie Jasper, 3-3.

Goals were scored by the Tigers’ Bryan Perez, Rooney Gomez, and Guajardo.

In the final game, WHS defeated Houston Scarborough 3-0. 

Guajardo had two goals, and teammate Josh Rivas had one. 

Delgado, who is in his first year coaching the Tigers, said in the last game, his athletes played their hearts out.

“We got the victory against a pretty good Scarborough team. Now is time to get ready for district,” Delgado said.

WHS is currently 7-3-1.

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