Soccer team ends historic run


MERCEDES – The Port Isabel Tarpon varsity boys’ soccer squad traveled to Mercedes Thursday where the two teams faced off in a Class 4A Bi-District playoff game.

Both teams relied heavily on their defensive efforts the entire game, but it did even­tually lead to a shoot-out in which the Mercedes Tigers edged the Tarpons with a fi­nal score of 2-1.

With neither team giving up a goal, by halftime the score remained at a 0-0 tie, and it remained this way until the final minutes of the game.

With about seven minutes left in the match, Jesus Mar­tinez was finally able to put in the first goal all night and gave the Port Isabel Tarpons the lead, 1-0. The Tarpons switched their game play to a more defensive look to keep the lead alive. But with 1:50 left of play Mercedes answered Port Isabel with a goal of its own, tying the game and now going into overtime.

Heading into the extra period, both teams seemed to take a more offensive ap­proach and fought hard to keep their chances alive. Fa­tigue also struck both teams as the game was stopped numerous times due to in­juries and exhaustion. Dur­ing these timeouts were the only times the players could catch their breath and get a little hydrated.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of the Mar. 28 edition of the Port Isabel South Padre Press or check out our E-edition by clicking here.

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