The Wharton High School soccer programs knew they were going to have a multitude of games away from the friendly confines of Eddie Joseph Stadium.
What they didn’t know is the success they would have away from Wharton, which might lend itself to the thinking, do they really want to play home games?
They each will have more weekends to prove they are indeed road warriors as the boys will play in the Huffman Tournament this weekend. The girls’ tournament (Jan. 9-11) in San Marcos was cancelled, according to the Wharton ISD Athletics Department.
Nevertheless, there are bragging rights to throw around following the success that each team earned in the Gonzales Tournament played Jan. 2-3.
The Lady Tigers captured third place in the tournament.
In game 1 on Jan. 2, WHS the Lady Tigers battled to a 0-0 tie against Yoakum. Later that day the Lady Tigers faced off against the home team Gonzales and fought hard, losing by a 1-0. Coach Donald Lindsey said it came on a controversial goal. The next day, the Lady Tigers posted their first victory in over two years beating Poteet, 4-0.
“The four goals represent the most the team has scored in three years,” Lindsey said.
He added that during the 2019 season only two goals were scored in 20 games, so that total has already been eclipsed in just four games.
“The win allowed the ladies to advance to the semi-finals and secure at least third place,” he said. “Although the ladies lost a hard fought game in the semifinals, the team was ecstatic about their progress and third place finish. The season is off to a great start and the Lady Tigers are looking to continue the upward trend the rest of the season.”
“I couldn’t be any prouder for the effort the guys showed. They are undefeated champions, playing three games in a row,” Tigers coach Julio Delgado said. “Beating a great team with a bigger heart like Floresville 2-1, beating the home team in the semis after being down 2-0 to come back, tie the game and win in penalty kicks.”
WHS ended the tourney with a 2-1 win in the final.