Boys soccer finishes second in Duncanville Classic, remains undefeated


Senior Goalie Alexis Araiza works on his goal tending during warmups prior to the Jesuit matchup. He allowed no goals during the gam.(Photo by Karla Estrada)

By Britany Ramirez, Staff Writer

After starting the last game of the Duncanville Boys Soccer classic early and cutting minutes from the halftime to finish early due to weather, the boys finished in a 0-0 tie with Jesuit to continue their season undefeated.

Varsity soccer coach Nuno Passos was happy with the outcome of the game considering everything the boys went through the past two weeks.

“I thought they played really well together. We have played another four games, we got two wins, we got two ties,” Passos said. “We’ve played two weeks, two different tournaments, and we have not lost a game.”

The team was able to come away from the tournament with second place bust escaped without a loss in spite of not winning a few games and playing to their potential in every game.  

“We had a game plan and the kids implemented the game plan well,” Passos said. “It was a very good game, well contested, very competitive.”

Within the last few minutes in the game Passos knew the chances of winning were slim and trying was just not worth it.

“I was thinking you know what considering the four games there’s two three minutes to go and this game should end in a draw,” Passos told his team at break. “Let’s not get crazy, let’s not get careless. Let’s not take any chances.”

After the game Passos talked to his players about developing their skills to score and not just shoot.

“The person in front of the net is not just looking to shoot he’s looking to score the goal,” Passos said. “I just need one of those players to develop into a goal scorer and score.”

Even with the final game ending in a draw and a second place finish in the tournament Passos believes there are some things the team can take away from the whole experience.

“I think for the players it’s affected them in a positive way to give them confidence,” Passos said. “To reassure them that they are a good team and they should continue to have a good season.”

With two games coming up this week in Austin, Passos is resting and training the boys to continue with a good season.

“We’re going to give them some time off,” Passos said. “Then we are going to regroup for going out of town this weekend.”