ANDREWS, TX — The No. 19 Lake View Chiefs traveled to Andrews on Thursday, March 23, to play El Paso Riverside in the first round of the Texas UIL High School Soccer Playoffs. Riverside controlled much of the game, and although the Chiefs battled back, they fell at the end 4-2.
Riverside jumped out to an early 2-0 lead within the first 25 minutes of the game. It looked like nerves got the better of Lake View early as they made several small mistakes that led to goals. The Chiefs finally settled down, and in the 33rd minute, Lake View’s offense came alive.
Senior Mid-Fiedler JV Antu secured a pass over the middle and broke through the defense in the box. His shot found the back of the net, and Lake View pulled within one goal 2-1. The Chiefs’ defense held fast throughout the rest of the first half, but their offense remained silent.
In the second, a strong wind picked up, blowing into Lake View’s end of the field. Over time, the wind wore down the Chiefs as every offensive possession they had drove them directly into it. El Paso took advantage of the wind at their backs and used that advantage to make several quick counterattacks. Riverside added two more goals to their tally in the second half.
Lake View scored again with seven minutes to go on a penalty shot. JV Antu put the ball behind the goalie for his second game of the contest. When the final buzzer sounded, Lake View’s promising playoff run came to an end, 4-2.
After the game, Head Coach Matthew Jones spoke about his team.
This season will still be one for the history books as the Chiefs finished with an undefeated 20-0-1 overall record and an undisputed district championship.