The Brawley Union High Soccer squad continued their Imperial Valley League campaign this past week with an emotional 2-1 comeback win over Central Union High, followed by a rough 1-4 road loss to Valley powerhouse Calexico High.
The Tuesday night duel with school rival Central Spartans was everything a soccer fan could wish for. Exciting, fast paced and competitive.
Central struck first scoring within the first ten minutes of play and continued to control the pace of the game although neither side could force anything to seriously scare either goalkeeper.
As the minutes ticked by the Wildcat faithful in the stands and on the bench watched anxiously as a foul was committed on Brawley attacker Alexis Villegas in the box giving the Wildcats an opportunity to tie the match on a penalty shot.
Villegas converted the chance to knot the score at 1-all but the Wildcats would not stop there.
Continuing their offensive attack mindset after tying a game was something lacking early on in the year but this time the Wildcats did leave their opponents off the hook and on the last attack of the game, another long throw in from specialist Gerrardo Cortez gave Villegas a clear opportunity on, which he converted ending the scoring and the game at 2-1 as the Wildcat home crowd celebrated.
“We never stopped running and challenged every play. I told the players before the game that we needed to play for 80 minutes no matter what the score was, and the boys did that and we were able to score on the last kick of the game,” said Brawley head coach Frank Felix on the comeback victory over Central. “I told them that the last minute of the game also has sixty seconds and to never stop playing until you hear the last whistle.”
On Friday the wildcats were on the road against the Calexico Bulldogs.
After the emotional win earlier in the week and against a traditionally tough Bulldog side the Wildcats only mustered one late goal while Calexico poured it on early with four goals, dropping the contest 4-1.
The Wildcats are now 6-4-2 overall and 3-1-1 in league play and will host Southwest High this Tuesday night followed by a road tilt with Holtville on Friday.