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Three second-half goals propels Spartans past Lobos

March 18, 2019

Heading into a game where both teams had already clinched postseason berths, the Lobos and Spartans were looking to put their records to the test.

Langham Creek trailed Cy Lakes in the District 14-6A standings heading into the duel, but both teams also shared a common goal in catching up to first-place Cy Ranch.

After Langham Creek shutout the visiting team in the first half and took the lead, the Spartans turned it around in the second half as junior Marcus Rangel and Brandon Tuch scored goals to secure the 3-1 win, March 15, at Langham Creek.

“Great game, tough game of two halves really,” Cy Lakes head coach Franklin Cartagena said. “First half, I think they played a little bit more aggressive than we did, were able to score the goal and really dominated parts of the game. We were just completely not in sync and not organized.”

Rangel scored two goals and Tuch the other, with the Spartan defense getting the shutout the rest of the way.

Cy Lakes’ (18-2-2, 12-2-1) Tuch tied the game 1-1 with a strike to the right side of the net off a field kick attempt just outside the box early in the second half.

“Half time the talk kind of woke them up a little bit, I think it was a total domination second half,” Cartagena said.

The Spartans took the lead 2-1 when Rangel’s shot attempt from outside the box 10 minutes later was blocked, but the ball then slipped through the goalkeeper’s hands and into the net.

Langham Creek (17-6, 9-5) junior Jose Uriostegui scored the first goal of the evening off a shot from inside the box in the first half.

“Disappointed with the result,” Langham Creek head coach Erik Lane said. “We’re focused right now on playoffs, trying to improve and trying to not make mental mistakes. Mental mistakes on two of the ones we gave up.

“First half we did a good job combining and creating some opportunities coming off our left wing with Jose (Uriostegui) combining with Dylan (Heath). I certainly feel like we could have gotten another one out of the opportunities we created.”

The home team scored the first goal early in the game via a shot from senior Heath when he was left alone inside the box, but the goal was called offside.

Lobo senior Derick Garcia had back-to-back chances to score in the second half but both shots to the middle of the net where saved by the goalkeeper.

Rangel made it 3-1 with a long shot attempt from outside the box that went through the top left corner of the net, with 15 minutes remaining.

“They’re always a very tough team to play and fortunately we were able to come out with the win,” Cartagena said. ’They’re a very good team and definitely going to challenge us and prepare us for a playoff like type of environment.”

alvaro.montano@chron.com