Three San Antonio Teams Advance in Boys Varsity Playoffs

Luis Garcia shoots for Clark against Jay (Photo: San Antonio Express News/Tom Reel)

Three San Antonio teams have advanced to the final 16 in the boys’ varsity playoffs with Alamo Heights, Johnson, and Clark all recording wins on Tuesday night.

Alamo Heights left the home fans upset in Kerrville as they managed a 3-0 win over Tivy at Atler Stadium. A strong second half proved the difference as they extended their 1-0 lead at half-time to completely get away from the hosts and advance.

There was only one goal in the first half as junior midfielder Carson Shults was able to cross the ball in to the box and found senior forward Travis Baer who finished the opportunity. The hosts, Tivy, attacked through the half but could not break down the Alamo Heights defense keeping it 1-0 at half-time.

After half-time Alamo Heights’ Morgan Smith began to shine as he laid off two assists for the goals that would seal the win. The first was to junior forward Jonathan Rocha, giving Alamo Heights breathing space before the third goal of the day sealed things with Tyler Bronson burying it to send Alamo Heights through.

In San Antonio Johnson managed to please the home crowd as they managed a 3-1 win over Lake Travis at Blossom Athletic Center. The win makes it the best season in Johnson history as they advance past the third round for the first time ever.

Senior midfielder Jacob Hallenberger got things going for the Jaguars as he managed to make enough space to score the goal in the first half. That goal would hold through to half-time as the Jaguars held out Lake Travis well to have a 1-0 lead at the break.

The second half saw things continue for the Jaguars and the doubled their lead as senior midfielder Seth Holzmann set up senior midfielder Diego Bonito for the second. Moments later it was three as Hallenberger found Holzman, who continued his good senior season with a goal. Lake Travis would eventually pull a goal back but it was too little too late as the Jaguars advanced.

Farris Stadium saw an all San Antonio affair as Clark was able to manage a big 4-0 win over Jay to advance to the sweet 16. It sees the side go one step further than last season, after a phenomenal season fell disappointingly short.

The opening goal came from a corner as the ball was swung in and found JonConnor Rule who was able to head it home. Just five minutes after the opener Luis Garcia stood over the ball and sent home a powerful free-kick from 20 yards. With time running out in the first half Clark was able to make it 3-0 as Pete Garcia managed an impressive goal to all but seal the match.

On the hour mark Clark sealed the four goal win as Daniel Rodriguez hit a stunning volley that left the keeper with no chance. In the final half hour the Clark defense sealed the win as they held out the Jay attack, which kept coming but couldn’t break through.

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