San Antonio’s TMI-The Episcopal School has won their regional TAPPS final as they claimed a strong 3-1 win over St. Augustine (Laredo) on Wednesday to advance to the next round of the TAPPS playoffs, as they seek a state title in TAPPS Division II.
It was a strong first half that provide the basis for a big win as they managed to score three goals in the first 40 minutes of the match to seal the win, the three goals proving more than enough. Senior forward Alex Kuri was the star for TMI as he sealed a brace in a big win for the side.
The side is notable in that it is coached by former Scorpions assistant coach, Oscar Munoz who has really lifted the TMI side. TMI is lifting in contention for state titles and Munoz is no doubt a part of that lift, having proven himself at various levels over his many years in the game.
Kuri opened the scoring early as he was able to score a goal after creating space for himself to get a clear shot away. The defense tried to cover but it was too much space already, hitting a powerful shot which left the keeper with no chance.
That was not enough for Kuri as he sealed his brace midway through the first half again getting in to space and taking full advantage of it. The defense was simply unable to deal with an impressive performance from Kuri who again was able to beat the keeper with a strong shot.
With that seemingly enough for the half, TMI continued and late in the half they had a third goal that all but wrapped up the match. Senior midfielder Jorge Landois was able to get space to cross the ball in to the box finding senior midfielder Nick Perez who buried the chance, making it 3-0 at half-time.
With such a commanding lead TMI controlled the second half, using strong defense to keep St. Augustine down to just one goal. That goal always looked like it would only be a consolation goal and TMI advanced having won their regional title.