The Fulshear boy’s soccer team has looked dominant in its first two playoff matches, scoring nine goals against Palacios and 12 against Scarborough.
But the Chargers’ momentum will run against a Sealy squad that has two wins over them already this season as the two District 23-4A teams meet in the Region III-4A quarterfinals on Friday at Rhodes Stadium in Katy.
The Tigers and Chargers tied 3-3 in their first meeting on Jan. 15, but Sealy won the shootout for the extra point in the standings. On March 18, the Tigers got a second-half goal to get a 1-0 win.
In the first two playoff matches, Sealy has beaten Columbus 6-1 and Brazosport 3-1.
“Sealy is a very good, tough team. They’ve definitely complicated things for us on both sides of the ball in our first two games,” Fulshear head coach Arturo Trevino said.
“They have an experienced coach, and a combination of experienced players and young guys that bring a lot of energy. From our first two games, I know that this will be a battle from start to finish that might go beyond 80 minutes.”
The good part of facing a team for a third time is that players and coaches already know the other team’s tendencies. Trevino feels his team is playing near its peak right now, so all he wants to see is his team is to make good decisions on the pitch.
“From a personnel standpoint, we know each other very well,” Trevino said. “We both know each other’s tactical tendencies, which many times leads you to make changes, but I feel that at this point we have to continue doing what has brought us success the past couple of weeks.”
Fulshear will need another good start like it had against Scarborough on Tuesday, as goals by senior Favour Ogieva, senior Eliud Guevara and sophomore Bryce Pope helped the Chargers jump out to a 6-2 halftime lead and a 12-2 win.
Playing at a big complex like Rhodes Stadium shouldn’t affect the Chargers, according to Trevino. But he knows he will have his team ready to go.
“Every time you play at a new venue there is a short adjustment period because of differences in turf/grass, dimensions, etc.,” he said.
“I feel both teams are going to be ready to perform and represent our district and schools at a large stage. I don’t think it will be a factor, our mentality has always been to play anyone, anywhere, and we’re just waiting for game time.”