A header by freshman Jose Ortiz in the 90th minute sent Arlington Sam Houston past Lewisville 3-2 in overtime Friday in a Class 6A Region I boys soccer semifinal at Dragon Stadium.
The Texans lined up for a corner kick late and Jason Ramirez found Ortiz for the game-winner with 11 seconds left in the first overtime period. Sam Houston (19-2-3) meets Hebron in the final at 3 p.m Saturday.
“It’s exciting like that, especially when you reach the regional tournament,” Texans coach Joey Rodriguez said.
Lewisville (16-7-2) was down a man after a red card in the 56th minute, but the Farmers got two goals from Peter Hmung to take a 2-1 lead in the 69th minute.
“Hats off to Lewisville with a man down, and to be able to score two goals to make it a game, but our guys were just resilient and kept fighting - it was a heck of a game,” Rodriguez said.
Sam Houston tied it at 2-2 after Ortiz found a loose ball in the box and drilled a goal at the top of the net.
“They didn’t freak out, they stayed relaxed,” Rodriguez said. “We’ve been there before. It’s a testament of the hard work and preparation my guys put in for these game.”
Hebron 2, Arlington Bowie 0: The Vols (13-9) were making their first regional appearance, but first-half goals by the Hawks (19-3-2) were too much to overcome.
In the 13th minute, Bowie was called for a hand ball and Hunter Hasler drilled a 20-yard free kick for the 1-0 lead. Hebron, which missed the playoffs the past two seasons, extended its lead to 2-0 on Nick Garcia’s goal in the 31st minute.
The Volunteers, in the playoffs for the first time since 2010, had multiple chances before the break including from Roberto Lopez with five minutes left that sailed over the top of the goal. Alistair Person gave Bowie another chance with a bullet of a kick that went right into the hands of Hebron goalkeeper Chase Weinman with 30 seconds to play.
El Paso De Valle 2, FW South Hills 0: The Conquistadores (20-3-1) scored twice a minute apart late in the second half of a 5A Region I semifinal at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls. The Scorpions (20-6-1) had a couple of chances early in the second half on counter attacks, but they were outshot 19-4 in the match.