JASPER — A breakaway goal in the second minute, another score five minutes later and a 4-0 lead at halftime — it was a dream start for the Lafayette Hornets and a nightmare beginning for the Hamilton County.
Lafayette put the pressure on early and never slowed down in Friday’s district title game at HCHS. Omar Carreon and Emmanuel Tovar scored two goals apiece as the Hornets took home the District 2-2A championship with a 5-2 win against the Trojans.
“It was a great start. It put us in that winning mood and boosted our confidence, playing harder and harder after every goal we made,” said Tovar. “We played our hearts out.
“That was our goal from the beginning — to win districts and make it to regional finals and try to make it to playoffs (Final Four). I’m really happy that we accomplished one of those steps to reach our goal.”
After Tovar got LHS on the board early, Quentin Sutley followed with a goal in the seventh minute and the Hornets were off to the races.
Hamilton County had three great looks at the net in the first half, but their shots missed just wide while Lafayette was on target. Malakai Perez scored on a penalty kick in the second half for HCHS and Jesus Castro also had a goal for the home team.
“Hats off to Mayo. They are a very good team, quick on the ball — you have to be alert at all times against Mayo,” said Hamilton County coach Horacio Perez. “We looked better in the second half, but it was a little too late.”
The Hornets and the Trojans played twice in the regular season and tied both times.
“They were more focused and relaxed,” LHS coach Pedro Resendiz said of his team. “Played so good. That early lead gives you confidence for the rest of the game.”
Both Lafayette (18-1-3) and Hamilton County (12-3-4) should advance to the regional tournament, which features four district champions and the next four highest-ranked teams. The regional quarterfinals are scheduled for Wednesday. Opponents are not yet known.
“From start to finish we were pushing and pushing for goals. I think we deserved it because of how hard we played. Playing like we did today, I think we can definitely keep moving on.”