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Aldine ends Langham Creek boys soccer season

April 6, 2019

Even tough Langham Creek fell to third place in district, they were just focused on making a run when it counted the most.

The Lobos were even more determined to advance past the third round of the playoffs after last year’s loss to Strake Jesuit in the second.

Kelvin Vasquez and Erickson Elvir both scored early goals in the first and second half respectably, as Langham Creek lost to Aldine 2-1 in the Class 6A Region II regional quarterfinals, Friday afternoon, at Delmar Stadium.

“Not taking anything away from Aldine, they came after us and forced us to make mistakes,” Langham Creek head coach Erik Lane said.

Langham Creek (21-7, 11-5) ends the season after placing in the top four in District 14-6A and beating Westwood in bi-district and Nimitz in the area round.

The Lobos have made the postseason three consecutive years.

Aldine (11-7-7) advances to the regional semifinals for the second straight year. They failed to reach the fifth round after losing to Conroe last year.

The Lobos were forced to play from behind right out of the gate when the Mustangs took advantage of a mistake by the defense. After advancing, Vasquez finished the play with a strike from the right side to make it 1-0.

“They made more out of our mistakes than we can make out of their mistakes,” Lane said.

Late in the first half Everett Ornstein made it 1-1 when he tapped in the ball after the goalie was unable to recover the incoming ball via a corner kick.

The second half started pretty much like the first, with an early goal by the Mustangs. After the Lobo goalie went to contest a cross from the right side, the ball rolled in front of the net and Elvir was able to tap it in before the defender cleared it.

“Obviously the second goal was soft, but they got after it,” Lane said. “They put it in the back of the net, we gifted it to them.”

Langham Creek’s first chance to tie it at one a piece came in the 23rd minute after a Lobo throw in inside the box was mishandled by the goalie but no one was able to get a clean shot off.

In the second half, after the second Mustang goal, the Lobo goalie saved the third goal when he beat the opposing player to the ball inside the box.

Langham Creek pressed Aldine hard throughout the second half, looking to take advantage of mistakes and scoring opportunities via throw ins, long passes, corner kicks and free kicks. In the end, the Lobos were just unable to capitalize on the chances they created.

With 10 minutes left and up by two, the Mustangs had chances to extend their lead with a strike via a free kick but the ball went just left of the goal and a strike inside the box was cleared by a defender just before entering the net.

Aldine will play Sachse in the regional semifinals. Sachse beat McKinney in penalties (5-4) after tying 2-2 in regulation/overtime.

Langham Creek made it further than any other CFISD boys soccer team and represented the district well. The Cy Woods girls had the same honor on the girls side, losing to Vandegrift 3-1 in regional quarterfinals, April 5, at Bastrop Memorial Stadium.

“We had some opportunities they gave us and we didn’t finish them so hats off to them,” Lane said.

alvaro.montano@chron.com