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Boys soccer back in the win column after shootout victory

Written by Adrian Romero. Posted in Sports

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The Deer Park Boys soccer team turned a 1-1 tie with Dobie into a shootout victory Tuesday night. Chris Loza put the Deer on the board in regulation while the Deer outscored the Longhorns 3-1 in the penalty kick shootout. Next up for the Deer is Memorial Saturday at 10 a.m. on the road.

The Deer Park boys soccer team scored a victory with a shootout win over Dobie Tuesday night at Abshier Stadium.

Both teams struggled to find an offensive rhythm in the first half, taking a 0-0 tie into halftime.

In the second half, Deer Park and Dobie defenses picked up where the first half left off, until Deer Park’s Chris Loza managed to score a nice header courtesy of a David Garcia free kick from 30 yards out.

The Deer stayed in control of the game, continuing to put pressure on the Dobie back line. However, a costly Deer mistake with three minutes in regulation put the Longhorns on the line with a penalty kick. Dobie took advantage of this opportunity tying the game and sending it to a shootout.

In the shootout, Deer Park went 3 for 3 while Dobie only put one shot past the goalie.

Deer Park Head Coach Jerry Hurtado said he was pleased with the outcome of the game, noting that his team gained much needed points to gain entrance in playoffs.

"We take points from this. It’s what we needed. We were patient in this game and the coaches gave really good advice during halftime to keep our athletes' heads in the game. We came out pressured them, and we want to continue this type of play while cleaning up mistakes in order to be successful in playoffs," said Hurtado

Next up for the Deer is an early away game Saturday at 10 morning against Pasadena Memorial at Pasadena Veterans Stadium.

In other Deer Park soccer action, the Lady Deer soccer team scored a 2-0 win over Dobie, with Arely Alaniz scoring the two goals. Their next game is Friday at 7 p.m. at home against Pasadena Memorial.