By: JOHN CANNON
(DONNA) – Going into their District 32-5A contest against Brownsville Pace, the Donna High Redskins soccer team literally held their playoff fate in their own hands.
The Redskins had a one-point lead over Pace and Donna North for the fourth and final spot in the district and if they were able to secure a win on Friday night, they were in.
Unfortunately, Pace had plans of their own as they scored two first half goals which led them to a 2-0 win over Donna High.
With the win, the Vikings improve to 6-7 and picked up three huge points in the process which gives them 19. Pace now sits in the fourth spot and can seal the deal with a win over Lopez on Monday.
Juan Zapata got the Vikings on the board first as he nailed a free kick at the 29:49 mark of the first half to take a 1-0 lead.
The Vikings second goal came five minutes later as they nailed a laser shot from 35-yards out.
Donna High had their opportunities to score in the first half as they took three shots on goal. Their best chance to score came at the 11:51 mark as they received the ball on a corner kick and tried to punch it into the goal.
But the ball sailed over the crossbar which eliminated the scoring opportunity.
The Redskins were the aggressor in the second half as they attacked more while taking a few shots on goal while trying to get back into the contest.
But just like the first half, the shots didn’t seem to fall into their favor.
Due to the loss, the Redskins fall to 6-7 and now have a total of 17 points in the standings.
Donna North is also in the mix as they gained a point due to their overtime loss to Brownsville Veterans on Friday night which sits them in a tie with Donna High in points.
And even though the loss pushed them out of the fourth spot, Donna High still has a fighting chance to get into the postseason. They must beat District 32-5A leader Brownsville Veterans in regulation time and need Pace to lose to Lopez in regulation.
Also, a Donna North loss would help their cause in the race for the postseason.
“We had a bad tonight and sometimes that’s how soccer goes,” said Donna head coach Mario Hernandez. “It’s going to be a race to the end with Pace, Donna North and us with the last game of the season coming on Monday.”
“We have to prepare for our game on Monday like it’s the last one and treat it like a playoff game.”