The Lake Ridge boys soccer team advanced to the regional quarterfinals last week with a 1-0 victory over John Tyler, and coach Cory Elolf said that it was a well-played game on both sides.
The Eagles played Lufkin on Tuesday night after press time, and Elolf said that if his team wants to continue its postseason run beyond the third round, it will take a couple of things.
“Playing the defending state champions on Tuesday is going to be hard,” Elolf said in an interview on Sunday. “We must play more as a unit and be able to keep our composure in tough situations.”
The victory over Tyler last week was likely the hardest game Lake Ridge has had in recent weeks, with the possible exception of a 4-2 loss in its warm-up game with Fort Worth Northside, and Elolf said that he was impressed with the game because of how both sides played.
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“I thought both teams played well,” Elolf said. “It was a hard-fought game by both teams.”
Elolf said he has had great efforts from many of his players throughout the season and playoffs, but said that one player in particular really had a standout effort in their area round game against John Tyler.
“Esteban Piceno had a really strong game and netted his first goal of the season,” Elolf said.
While the Eagles were able to pick up the victory over John Tyler to advance to the regional quarterfinals, Elolf said that things could have gone a lot smoother in the game and said that things will need to improve if the team wants to continue its run into the postseason.
“I'm not satisfied at all,” Elolf said. “We missed several chances throughout the game, and we need to be more aggressive if we want to continue.”