Four San Antonio boys’ varsity teams faced playoffs on Thursday with a successful day as three of the four, Johnson, Clark and Southside advanced while Harlandale was easily defeated.
In the Class 5A Bidistrict playoffs Southside did just enough to advance to the next round of playoas they managed a 1-0 win over Corpus Christi King. A goal in the first half was enough to send the San Antonio school past their Corpus Christi rivals.
The hero was junior forward John Lopez who made a strong run to get on the end of the ball and send it home in the first half. Senior defender Gilbert Casillas had the assist a vital contribution to continue his varsity soccer career, as that early lead would hold to send Southside through.
At Texas Lutheran Johnson won through to the next round of the Class 6A bidistrict playoffs after a 4-1 win over Austin Vandegrift. Senior forward Seth Holzmann was the hero for Johnson as he scored a hat-trick in the dominant win.
Holzmann scored two first half goals and one in the second half to lead Johnson through to the next round of the playoffs. Senior midfielder Jacob Hallenberger managed to put the icing on the cake late in the match with a goal of his own to seal the 4-1 win.
A San Antonio team will be guaranteed to advance beyond the next stage of the 6A playoffs as Clark also advanced managing a 4-1 win over Canyon. A strong second half sent Clark past Canyon as they scored three of their goals in the second half with sophomore forward Eduardo Ramirez getting two of them and being the star of the match.
The scoring was opened in the first half by senior midfielder Andree Hernandez who was able to put away a ball from junior midfielder Daniel Rodriguez. That was enough for Clark to take the lead at half-time and in the second half Rodriguez was at it again as he set up sophomore midfielder Angel Caballero for the second goal, putting Clark in charge of the match.
From there Ramirez scored his brace with both goals being set up by senior midfielder Luis Carlos Garcia to send Clark through to the next round. There was a consolation goal for Canyon as junior forward Hector Rios Mauldin was able to put away a ball from fellow forward, sophomore Luis Florian but it was not enough as Clark strolled through to the next round.
There was one negative result for San Antonio teams as Harlandale were outplayed in the Class 5A playoff. They fell to a 6-0 defeat to Flour Bluff of Corpus Christi ending their season in frustrating fashion.