Miguel Tamez netted the only goal of the game, and it was enough to give Fort Worth South Hills a 1-0 victory over Fort Worth North Side and its second consecutive District 14-4A title.
“It makes a statement,” coach Steve Andrews said of the back-to-back district championships. “We had it going on and then kind of lost it for a while, but this group has been just rock-solid. The most talented group we’ve ever had.”
The wind, gusting over 20 mph at times, was a big factor, and North Side (8-1-1) had the advantage in the first half. Throughout much of the first 40 minutes, South Hills (8-1-1) used a possession passing game to keep the Steers from building opportunities.
“We knew if we weathered the storm in the first half, the second half we’ll have the party,” Andrews said.
North Side’s best chance of the first half came early — in just the second minute. A Steers corner kick fell in front of goal and bounced around, but no one could get a foot to it.
The Scorpions thought they had opened the scoring in the 32nd minute. Tamez played a cross from the right side that Victor Martinez one-timed off the underside of the crossbar. South Hills players reacted as though they had scored, but the referee assistant insisted the ball hadn’t crossed the goal line.
Tamez broke the deadlock five minutes into the second half. He received a pass from Mario Banegas and was able to turn near the top of the penalty box and slide home a low shot underneath North Side keeper David Guerro.
The Steers’ best attempt to equalize came in the 67th minute, when Antonio Top directed a Cristian Navarro corner kick on goal, but Javier Martinez was on the goal line to clear it away.