Tigers claw Matadors for season’s first district win

While it wasn’t always perfect soccer Friday, the Dripping Springs Tigers did enough to secure their first district win of the season.

Two goals scored, one in each half during the final three minutes, was enough for Dripping Springs to shut out the Seguin Matadors 2-0.

Dripping Springs Tiger senior forward Spencer Heflin (left) steals possession of the ball from a Seguin Matador defender during the first half of Friday’s district game in Dripping Springs.  (photo by Moses Leos III)

Dripping Springs Tiger senior forward Spencer Heflin (left) steals possession of the ball from a Seguin Matador defender during the first half of Friday’s district game in Dripping Springs. (photo by Moses Leos III)

While head coach Brian Ormonde lauded the win, struggles in taking advantage of scoring chances is something he believes the team must improve on.

“The boys are playing well, but our finishing … we’ve got to finish chances,” Ormonde said. “When you play a tough opponent, you may not get so many chances. We had several chances and we didn’t finish them.” 

Dripping Springs held control of possession for the majority of the first half, controlling the pace of play in the Matador side of the field.

Ormonde said the Tigers focused on committing numbers forward and working to win the ball. Leading the charge were Jose Galindo and Spencer Helflin, whose play led to a myriad of scoring opportunities in the early part of the first half.

“In that formation, we used high pressure and tried to win the ball, tried to win in their half and keep it in their half,” Ormonde said. “We were attack oriented and we kept going at them.”

But Dripping Springs’ relentless attack didn’t generate tallies on the scoreboard. Contributing to the Tigers’ struggles was the Matador defense, which kept the Tigers from finding the back of the net.

Dripping Springs also became its own worst enemy at times.

“I’m proud of the way the boys played and they did everything right. There was nothing wrong with the way we played,” Ormonde said. “We’ve got to finish those chances.”

Dripping Springs finally broke through with roughly two minutes left in the first half. Tiger senior Kyle Anderson headed in a goal at point-blank range to take a 1-0 lead.

 Dripping Springs High’s Humberto Gonzales (right) battles with a Seguin Matador defender for the ball near the sideline Friday in Dripping Springs.  (photo by Moses Leos III)

Dripping Springs High’s Humberto Gonzales (right) battles with a Seguin Matador defender for the ball near the sideline Friday in Dripping Springs. (photo by Moses Leos III)

The Tigers continued to control the pace in the second half, while also limiting Seguin’s ability to counter.

An effective midfield, along with a strong defense, held the Matadors scoreless in the final 40 minutes. 

“We try to get the ball and keep the ball on the ground. We’re not a bit team, but we’re a skillful team, so we try to use that to our advantage,” Ormonde said. “We do that well and we’ve been playing well.”

Dripping Springs’ offense put the game away when senior Pedro Casanova scored a goal with 2:48 left in the contest.

While there was room for improvement, Ormonde said the Tigers harbor cohesion as they begin the brunt of district play.

“It’s a good year. They’re playing really well, so we’re going to keep that, whether win, lose or draw,” Ormonde said. “They’re having fun, so that’s a good thing.”

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