Summer Creek Soccer completed their first season in District 16-6A on Friday, March 20th against Oak Ridge High School at SCHS. Oak Ridge had already clinched a playoff birth but they were seeking a district championship. The War Eagles needed a victory and some help from other games in district that night in order for this to happen. The Bulldogs, however, came into the game with nothing to lose. They were in the basement of the district standings so a win or a loss would not determine their faith.
The War Eagles aggressively put the pressure on the Bulldogs in the first half with many attacking chances towards the goal. Summer Creek’s defense forced the Oak Ridge offense to make many mistakes with pressure put forth on them. In the end though, the Oak Ridge War Eagles prevailed over the Summer Creek Bulldogs 3-2 in a back and forth district battle. The goal scorers for Oak Ridge were junior forward Alex Hernandez, junior defender Christian Treto, and sophomore forward Devonte Brown. Summer Creek had goals from #11 Jose Garcia and #10 Paulo Avila. Summer Creek finishes winless with a tie in the district while Oak Ridge finished 3rd just 1 point behind Conroe for 2nd place and 2 points behind The Woodlands for 1st place. A bright spot for the Summer Creek soccer program is that the JV team won their district with 17 points and a +5 goal differential.
After making the playoffs and defeating District 41-4A champions Galena Park (3-2) in the first round of the playoffs last season, Summer Creek ran into eventual state semi-finalists Houston Lee and lost 2-0. Since the attendance went up at SCHS they were sent into the new 6A class, so the struggles this season were almost expected going into a much tougher class. It may take some growing pains to get to where they want to be, but the fact that they held strong against a skillful Oak Ridge team and the rise of the JV team shows the potential of the soccer program at Summer Creek.
Written by Mark M. Johnson