Last Tuesday’s soccer match against the Baytown Sterling Rangers proved to be a tough battle for the Wildcats, but a shift in defensive strategies cinched the victory. “In the first 20 minutes of the first half, we were pushing too hard,” said Wildcat head coach Lanny Morton. “We were playing up the middle and their team had more speed.” The Wildcat strategies shifted and the plan worked. Coming from the corners made a positive difference. The Wildcats moved four players to the back and four to the middle, surrounding the Ranger with the ball and giving him nowhere to pass. “We were able to control the mid-field,” said Morton. Senior Morgan Parker was the first to score for the Wildcats in the first half. After their recent 5-0 victory over Channelview, the team was set to claim another win. Fans looked to each other in dismay when senior Nick Gebhart was rotated out with an injury. Gebhart is a mainstay in the Wildcat defense. The Wildcats remained focused on the game and continued to close down on the player with the ball so he was unable to shoot. It proved to be a hard-fought, fast-paced game with the two teams vying for control of the ball. There were several notable saves by goalie Jose Orozco. Morton gave credit to player number 10 on the opposing team. Morton said that he was a strong player and called him “dangerous.” The coach said he suspects the Baytown player will become an all-district player at the end of season. “The last time we played this team, they were the first to score,” said Morton. “In the end, we tied the game with a single goal of our own.” But in this game, the Wildcats scored first and stayed in the lead. They received a couple of free kicks off fouls and Bruno Miauro scored three of the team’s goals. “With his three goals, Bruno pulled the first ‘hat trick’ of the season,” said Morton. Miauro is player number nine for the Wildcats and a senior. In the redistricting for the new school, Morgan got a full complement of seniors for his varsity team. Many of his junior varsity players became the varsity team at the new Atascocita High School, leaving Humble’s junior varsity with a team comprised primarily of freshmen and sophomores. “Next year, we will have several returning lettermen for varsity,” said Morton. “The younger players will have to grow quickly athletically. I am very proud of the work they’ve done.” The final score of the game was 4-2, which is the fourth district game victory for the Wildcats. On March 6, both the men’s and ladyies’ varsity soccer teams will participate in senior night recognitions and ceremonies on the field. For more information on Humble High School soccer, www.humble.k12.tx.us Photo # 1 The Humble Wildcats celebrate their fourth district win. The final score of the Humble versus Baytown Sterling game was 4-2. Photo by Kathy Parks Photo #2 Senior Morgan Parker scores the first goal for the Humble Wildcats. Morgan is a senior and a midfielder. Photo by Kathy Parks Note: The district game standing for Baytown Sterling is one win, two ties and five losses. The district game standing for Humble is four wins, two ties and two losses.

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