Three second half goals helped the Lehman Lobos boys soccer team secure a critical 3-1 district win over the crosstown rival Hays Rebels Tuesday at Lobo Field.
“It was a good win for the guys,” Lehman Head Coach Rene Medina said. “We’ve been telling them they need to find themselves through hard work and through character and I think they did that tonight.”
The Lobos controlled the pace of the game with great ball control and passing, even after surrendering an early goal to Hays in the first half. Lehman’s defense tightened up in the second half and wound up only giving up five shots on goal. Lehman finished the game with 18 shots on goal, while holding Hays to a total of nine shots on goal.
“It’s something the guys have focused on and wanted to improve in their game,” Medina said about his teams ball control. “So we’ve been doing that and it showed tonight.”
Lehman senior forward Josh Swies tied the game in the second half at the 30 min mark, giving the Lobos the boost of momentum they needed. The floodgates opened for the Lobos when junior striker Santos Hernandez gave Lehman a 2-1 lead two minutes later with a score from within the 18-yard box.
Lobo junior mid-fielder Eric Guadarrama sealed the victory with a goal in the last five minutes of the match, giving Lehman the 3-1 win over the Rebels.
“It takes hard work and it takes character cause you know its everything out there and everyone is going to give their best, everyone is going to be emotional, so it shows their character and hard work,” Medina said.
Lehman will look to get its second win in district Friday at Lake Travis at 7:30 p.m., while Hays returns home to face Leander on Friday at Shelton Stadium at 7:30 p.m.