The Summit boys soccer team picked up two postseason victories last week and now finds itself in the regional quarterfinals against Cleburne.
The Jaguars will take on Cleburne at 8 p.m. on Friday at Midlothian, and coach David McDonald said he believes it will be a good match-up for his team.
“They finished first in their district, but I don't know much more about them than that,” McDonald said. “I know they played a team from our district in Seguin, and beat them 2-1 on a shootout. Based on what I know about the way we played Seguin, I don't anticipate that they would be better than us. I think it will be a pretty evenly matched game, and we just have to play our game and we'll be all right.”
Summit defeated Joshua 4-0 last Tuesday, and McDonald said his team looked pretty sharp.
“We played really, really well,” McDonald said. “It was one of those games where everything just kind of clicked for us. We did a good job of controlling the tempo of the game. We did a good job of winning a lot of the loose balls, and that let us set the pace from the very beginning of the game.
“We did a good job of getting behind their defense and serving the ball back in. We scored three goals in the first half, and then scored a fourth goal within the first 15 seconds. After that, I started subbing kids in to get some playoff experience.”
The Jaguars followed up the victory over Joshua with a 3-2 win over Fort Worth Diamond Hill-Jarvis.
McDonald said that an external factor affected the play in the area round win over the Eagles.
“That game was kind of the opposite of what we did to Joshua,” McDonald said. “The wind was kind of a factor in that game. It was blowing pretty hard in that game. The first half, we were playing into the win, and we just weren't working very hard. Our attack was really bad that night. We kept feeding the ball to the guys up front, and they weren't doing a good job of holding it.
“We went down 1-0 in the first half. In the second half, we had the wind, and it was so strong, that we just kept pounding it at them and pounding it at them. I knew we would be able to get a goal out of it at some point.”
The game would eventually go to a shootout, which Summit won to move on.
McDonald said he has had especially good play from Matt Vafee, Erik Nava played especially well this past week, along with Jesus Retana, who picked up a hat trick in the Joshua game.
Prior to the playoffs, McDonald said that his team needed to develop a better sense of urgency if it wanted to have a good run in the playoffs.
McDonald said he believes his team did accomplish just that this past week.
“I think we're back on track,” McDonald said. “We've made some adjustments in what we do, and I think that it has paid off.”