By Pat Turner
Clark has already wrapped up the District 28-6A girls’ championship.
However, the boys’ title is going down to the wire as Jay (16-2-5, 11-1-5) and Marshall (15-3-5, 11-1-5).
Neither team could gain the advantage this past week as both teams pulled off victories. Now, the opportunities to claim the crown are higher as the Mustangs and Rams face one another in the regular season finale.
Jay and Marshall fought to a 1-1 tie in the first meeting. No doubt both teams will be looking to get a bigger advantage this time around.
Jay claimed a 2-0 win over Brandeis on goals from Israel Hernandez-Rangel and Ulisses Pinon on assists from Oluwatimileyin Talabi and Antonio Santiago.
Goalkeeper Timothy Gonzalez backed the defense with four saves.
Marshall maintained its share of the lead with a 2-0 win over Warren.
The Rams and Warriors (13-4-4, 10-3-4), who have clinched 28-6’s third playoff spot, were locked in a 0-0 tie after the first 40 minutes. However, Marshall broke through with goals from Jaime Daniel Gomez and Joaquin John.
Brandon Gonzalez kept the lead secure with his five saves.
Brennan (12-5-4, 8-5-4) moved closer to clinching the fourth playoff spot with a 2-0 win over O’Connor (12-7-2, 9-6-2).
The Bears can wrap things with a win over Holmes in their finale.
Against O’Connor, the Tyler Thompson kicked in a goal and set up an opportunity for Brian Martinez.
Defense also shined for Brennan. A big helping hand came from keeper Justin Sosa, who warded off O’Connor’s scoring threats with eight saves.
Harlan (13-7-3, 11-3-1) lost a 3-0 decision to District 28-5A leader Southwest.
Clark, which claimed the 28-6A title the previous week, is one win away from a perfect record through league play.
The Cougars (17-2-2, 17-0-0) can reach that milestone with a win over Warren.
This past week, Clark soared past Holmes, 9-0 with a powerful offensive show.
Hannah Faustino recorded a hat trick and also added an assist.
Krystal Gotia scored twice. Taylor Tommack had a goal and two assists.
The second and third playoff spots are also secured.
Brandeis (16-3-2, 15-2-0) registered a 4-0 win over Jay.
Megan Gomez-Leon, Kelli Diaz, Aisley Stevens and Arden Villanueva provided the goals.
Taft (12-8-2, 12-4-1) punched its ticket with a 6-1 thumping of Stevens.
Adrianna Hutson led the Raiders with three goals. Emily Valadio, Jasmine Abbott and Taylor Merritt also scored.
The fourth spot, however, remains undecided.
O’Connor (13-7-1, 10-6-1) sits in fourth, despite a 3-0 loss to Brennan (12-7-1, 9-7-1).
The Panthers can wrap up the final playoff position with a win over Stevens Tuesday. Brennan closes out the regular season against Holmes.
Harlan lost its first match of the season in a 3-1 setback to Southwest.
The Hawks (17-1-2, 12-1-2), however, still hold a slim District 28-5A lead over Medina Valley (17-3-2, 11-1-2) and Southwest (14-3-4, 11-1-2).
Harlan can clinch at least a tie for the 28-5A title with a win over Eagle Pass Winn.
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