After defeating the Rider Raiders for the second time in Penalty Kicks this season.. The Coyotes remain undefeated in district and now.. District 4-5a Champions.
This didnt happen without a hard fought battle… The Coyotes and the Raiders held each other to a scoreless first half..
Rider came out the first to score under a minute into the second half.. and this is when the Coyotes Championship team stepped up to the challenge.
“So we’re down one to nothing and what youre hoping for as a coach is some type of response and we scored like 3 minutes after they scored to get right back into the game so thats exactly what i saw happen. A couple of guys who missed some early chances of course they are staring at the ground and thinking about the chances that they missed, but our captians did a great job. I watched them go over and pick everybody up and let them know were still in the game,” said Patrick McCauley.
One of these captains… Senior center defensive back Adrian Botello made all the difference not just in building up his teammates in the game… but as a Senior Captian all season.
“This is his first year playing in the back. He’s normally midfielder. He’s actually the kid that scored the game winning goal his sophomore year to send us to the state tournament. He’s a goal scorer but we had a need in the back but he stepped up and said, ‘coach, I can play back there.’ And he’s done really really well. I think he’s the best defender in the district. If not the region,” said Patrick McCauley.
“Really just keep playing postive.. keep your teammates up. Really thats all you could do. Really you just got to talk to your team. Dont let them get your head down. You have to look for positive stuff in the game and talk to your teammates out there and tell them that everythings gonna be alright and youre gonna put one in the back of the net,” said Adrian Botello.
Time expires with the game tied 2-2. For the second time this season.. the Rider and Wichita Falls game would have to be decided by penalty kicks.. but Israel Gonzales thrives under pressure.. with some key saves.. Gonzales helped the coyotes take district defeating Rider 5-4 in PKs.
“As a freshman Israel was an all-state goalkeeper. We went to state his freshman year and a big part of the success that year and every year since then, and one of the reasons that we came out ahead in the PK’s is becuase he made the saves he needed to make,” said Patrick McCauley.
“Uh its very nerve wracking, but to start with you just have to set your mind to be calm and throughout the PK shoot out you have to be calm because if not you could do a little mistake which can cause a goal,” said Israel Gonzales.
The Coyotes are just getting started.. you can bet these boys will be battling it out on the field as playoffs begin this week
“Never be satisfied. We did work for that. We got it. And really just keep looking to move forward,” said Adrian Botello.