The Texas highschool soccer postseason has rapidly superior into the third spherical. Unsurprisingly, a number of perennial groups have redeemed their ticket to the regional semifinals.
However, a workforce or particular group that was due for an expertise like soccer during the vacation season can be that of Brazos.
“You’re trying to tell the team what it is [postseason football] is like,” said Brazos HC Ryan Roecker. “I described the feeling of being there. And they will see the community rally around them. It’s just different.”
This 3A Division team from the small town of Wallis, TX exceeded expectations by not only making the playoffs with a 7-3 record, but continuing their campaign by beating the highly favored Lexington (35-28) in Round 1 followed by their win over Hebbronville (42-15) last week.
The Cougars have not lacked for talent in recent years. The main reason they’ve missed the postseason in the past has been costly injuries in a team that didn’t have many additional players in their limited roster.
“We’ve had some unhealthy luck with accidents in the previous,” said coach Roecker. “Everyone was somewhat bruised, however fortunately, for the first time shortly, we had been capable of escape this main damage blunder that has crippled a few of our high gamers for a number of video games or a full season.”
Despite the odds, Brazos has managed to weather the odds with the help of key players like team leader senior QB/FS Bryson Bennet, senior center/nose-guard in dual role Jonoah Fonseca and all-rounder senior RB Vinny Aguilar, who helped in his win in Round 2 rushed for 230 yards with 3 touchdowns.
One of the team’s leaders, QB Bryson Bennet, is hoping to lead the Cougars to the next round of the 3A State Playoffs
“These seniors had been 9-1 as newcomers,” said coach Roecker. “We’ve just had some difficult times due to COVID and other situations. They have been sovereign in Brazos for four years.”
The Brazos Cougars will take on division rival Tidehaven Friday at 2:00 p.m. at Freedom Field in Pasadena, TX. Brazos lost their first matchup against Tidehaven of the regular season (33-13). The city of Valais will support its Cougars in hopes they keep their momentum
“Our motto for this 12 months’s soccer season was ‘Band of Brothers’,” said coach Roecker. “It’s a particular group.. That’s a harmful group of men when no one cares about touches or who will get touchdowns or who will get acknowledged. Just the indisputable fact that the workforce solely cares about the household, Brazos, getting the recognition as a complete may be very particular as of late.”
“Just the fact that the team only cares about the family, Brazos, getting the credit as a whole is very special these days.” -Coach Ryan Roecker