LEE Dominates Reagan, Heads to Georgetown with Canyon Lake (UPDATED)

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BROWNSVILLE – Last year, LEE, then known as Lee, dominated most of its state quarterfinal match with Reagan, but could not post a goal and lost in the final minutes of regulation. By the time Saturday’s rematch reached the final minutes, the only thing it lost was prom planning time because the match was long over by then.

Four first half goals in 14 minutes, two in 19 seconds, quickly ended any drama, as LEE ran past Reagan 5-0 to advance to the 6A semis for the first time since 1997.  That was also the last time any LEE/Lee team made the semifinals in any bracketed sport.

LEE won all three matches against Reagan in 2019, after failing to score a single goal in any of the three matches last year.

The Volunteers had prom on Saturday night and took care of business quickly against the Rattlers.  Antonio Loyola started the fest by blowing a shot past Reagan keeper Eugene Albo in the 12th minute. Albo missed the fourth round win over Brownsville Hanna because of a red card in round three against Johnson. In the 23rd minute, Wilmar Aguillar made it 2-0. Then the flood gates opened. Less than two minutes later, Francisco Segura scored to make it 3-0. 19 seconds later, Henry Bowland potted the third goal in five minutes of real time action to make it 4-0. Julian Sanchez added a goal in the final minute. LEE has scored at least three goals in all five playoff matches.

“When we scored the first two goals, we knew we had them done,” said Segura, who was a spectator last year after suffering a mid-season knee injury. “Their faces were down, they were arguing with each other. We were kind of surprised to score that many goals because they are a good program and a good team.”

This will be coach David Rogers’ fifth trip to the state semis. He has three titles, including one with Boerne in 2006 and Boerne Champion in 2011.

LEE carried home an extra passenger on Saturday on its trip back from Brownsville (Photo from LEE Athletics).

Defending state and national champion Alief Elisk, Flower Mound and College Park, will join LEE. Unofficially, Elsik and LEE have the best records, so the Vols will draw one of the others in the late Friday night slot. The UIL draws will be on Sunday morning.

Elsewhere, Canyon Lake upset three-time state semifinalist Progreso 1-0. The winning goal came in the 76th minute off a PK, after the Red Ants committed a handball in the goal area.

Alamo Heights girls lost in PKs to Dripping Springs. Sophia Connelly scored late to force extra time, but the Mules were unable to post a goal and then fell in penalty kicks.

Greg Sherman covers high school sports for VYPE San Antonio and can be reached at [email protected]

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