Elsik, Fulshear, Stafford two wins from state
The UIL round of 16 included several familiar names throughout its brackets. Defending Class 6A boys soccer state champion Elsik remains in contention, while Stafford advanced to its third 4A regional tournament in four years.
Then there is the new kid. Fulshear won its first district title and made the playoffs for the first time. The Chargers, playing in their second varsity season, make history with each postseason match.
The Region III-6A Tournament might seem familiar for Elsik, with three of the same four teams in from last year. The Rams (22-1-1) even have the same semifinal opponent, a Tompkins team they defeated 2-1 last spring. This year the Falcons bring a 22-1-4 and the 19-6A championship into the match.
Elsik plays its semifinal at 5:30 p.m., April 12 at Abshier Stadium. The final is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. the following day. Spring Woods and Strake Jesuit play the opposite semifinal.
The Rams enter the regional tournament on a 15-match winning streak, adding two last year. They eliminated C.E. King 4-2 as Juan Guzman, Danford Ndabah and Mayno Linares all had a goal and an assist. Edgar Renteria scored and Andrei Aguirre added an assist.
Renteria scored on the only goal of their 1-0 quarterfinal victory against Deer Park, with Javier Ordonez assisting. Miguel Chavarria earned player of the game honors.
The Rams are playing in their fifth regional tournament in the last seven years.
In Region III-4A, half of the final four comes from District 23-4A as Fulshear and runner-up Stafford are still playing. The teams split their district series, with the Spartans winning the first 3-1 and Fulshear taking the district finale 2-1.
Fulshear takes on 20-4A champion Lumberton (23-3-1) at 11 a.m., April 12 at A&M Consolidated High School. Stafford faces 18-4A champion Palestine (30-0-2) at 1 p.m. the same day. The final is scheduled for 10 a.m. April 13.
Stafford (19-5-1) notched its 10th postseason victory in four years with a 1-0 regional quarterfinal triumph against Livingston on a goal by Jesus Iniguez.
The Spartans opened the week with a four-goal second half in a 4-2 victory against Furr for the area title.
Fulshear (18-5-1) routed Scarborough 12-2 for its area championship and blanked Sealy 2-0 in the regional quarterfinals, one of the goals a penalty kick by Favour Ogieva.
The Fort Bend area almost produced a girls regional semifinalist, with Ridge Point, Fulshear and Needville all reach the quarterfinals.
The 20-6A champion Panthers defeated Cy-Fair on penalty kicks for their seventh area crown in eight years. They ended their successful season 2-1 against undefeated Tompkins.
Fulshear won its first district title and added its first two playoff wins this season, eliminating Sweeny 2-0 and Splendora 4-0 before a 2-0 loss to 24-4A champion Columbia.
Needville won its third area championship in four years, defeating Bay City on penalty kicks and Scarborough 7-0 before a 3-1 loss 21-4A champion Hargrave.