By Todd Wills
Corsicana Daily Sun
The Tigers soccer teams take a week off over spring break to prepare for the final two district matches of the season.
They know exactly what they have to do.
Win and get in.
It’s been a constant story this season for Corsicana athletics, with the volleyball and boys basketball teams both in win and get in situations. Both teams lost.
The soccer teams want to change that trend. They both can likely clinched playoff berths with wins either next Tuesday against Red Oak on the road or at home next Friday against Ennis.
“It’s going to be a big week,” Corsicana coach Stan Jones said.
The teams will begin practicing again Thursday and Jones, who coaches both teams, will have a message for each group.
For the boys, it’s let’s complete a turnaround season. Corsicana (9-7-4, 3-3-2) is currently in fourth place with 11 points. Red Oak is in third place with 13 points.
On the outside looking in is Ferris, which has 10 points in the standings, but six of those have come against the Tigers, who they hold the tiebreaker advantage over (three points are awarded for each win, one point for a tie.
“We need to find a win out of the next two,” Jones said. “Let’s go and finishing it up.”
For the Lady Tigers (10-4-6, 3-2-3), it’s been a little trickier as a talented group has been inconsistent down the stretch. The good news is the Lady Tigers haven’t lost at home this season, and a win over Ennis in the finale will get them in the playoffs, no matter what happens at Red Oak.
“We’ve let a few little mistakes sneak up on us,” Jones said. “We’re in a pretty good place. We have to tie Ennis and that will put us in.”
The Lady Tigers continued their undefeated season at home on Friday, tying Ferris 3-3 in a very dramatic game.
Corsicana took the lead 10 minutes in on a Johana Zagal shot from 35 yards out to beat the keeper. They continued their strong play with a goal by Elizabeth Castaneda with 12 minutes left in the half.
Ferris was able to add a goal before halftime to make it 2-1. Then the Lady Yellow Jackets stepped up their play in the second half and made the match very interesting.
Ferris scored two unanswered goals to take a 3-2 lead. The Lady Yellow Jackets scored the last one with 1:48 left in the game.
The Lady Tigers continued to fight down 3-2. The hard work paid off with a 30-yard goal from Elizabeth Castaneda. The goal came with 40 seconds left in the game.
The draw keeps the Lady Tigers in third place in district with two matches left.
The Tigers boys lost 2-0 to Ferris. Corsicana has allowed 10 goals in district, five of them to Ferris.
The Yellow Jackets controlled the majority of the match. The Tigers could not overcome the adversity of the wind and the short-handed refs. Corsicana dropped to fourth place in district.
The boys and girls both need at least one win to make the playoffs, or they’ll need help from other teams.