Fort Worth North Side tops Trimble Tech

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Fort Worth North Side advanced in the Class 4A Region I bracket with a 2-0 area-round victory over Fort Worth Trimble Tech on Friday at Farrington Field.

North Side coach Garth Briggeman wanted his squad to start aggressively and it did. Barely 10 seconds into the match, Buhirwa Issa fought through a pair of defenders before putting a rising shot just over the crossbar.

Less than a minute later, Cristian Navarro unleashed a shot from distance that was pushed over the goal by Trimble Tech keeper Anthony Hernandez.

The Bulldogs seemed to settle in after that, and the next several minutes were played end-to-end, though few solid chances were created until the 17th minute, when Jose Alcala’s free kick service was headed on frame by Armando Romero. Steers keeper David Guerrero stood his line to make the save.

Just a minute later, North Side (22-5-1) opened the scoring on a stunning effort from Navarro. From about 15 yards out and to the right of goal, his left-footed, bending shot found the upper left corner of the goal for a 1-0 lead.

“I felt right away it was going in,” Navarro said. “It’s an amazing feeling. After that goal, we knew it was going to be our game and our night.”

Tech came close to equalizing on the half-hour mark when Arturo Salazar’s cross found Francisco Galicia on the right side of North Side’s goal area. Galicia’s tight-angle shot struck the outside of the right post.

Four minutes before halftime, the Steers doubled their lead. Issa’s initial shot was saved by Hernandez. The rebound found Jose Fernandez near the top of the penalty area, and he hit the back of the net to make it 2-0.

Tech had a few chances in the second half, the best coming three minutes from time when Romero’s free kick was deflected and hit the crossbar, but ultimately the Bulldogs couldn’t get any past Guerrero.

North Side will face Wichita Falls Rider next in the regional quarterfinals.

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