San Elizario punches ticket to state championship game

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The San Elizario High School boys soccer team will be defending its state championship on Friday.

The Eagles net a 1-0 win over Palestine on Wednesday afternoon in Georgetown. Senior Eduardo Chavez scored the game’s only goal early in the first half on a crossing header. The goal held up throughout the match to send the Eagles back to the state championship game for a second consecutive year.

“I don’t header that much, but this time I did header,” said Chavez. “I saw the empty space in the back and that’s where it went it.”

San Elizario beat Palestine 1-0 in last year’s state championship game and this matchup has proven to be a new rivalry.

“This is the team we wanted to beat for us to win state,” said senior goalkeeper Steve Salais. “We got it and we deserved to win.”

“That had to feel like deja vu for Palestine,” said head coach Max Sappenfield. “We’re going to see them again and one of these days they’re going to beat us and they’re going to enjoy it. We’ll have to go back to work and work hard, but for now, no.”

San Elizario will play the winner of tonight’s other Final four game between Midlothian Heritage and Canyon Lake. The game will be played on Friday in Georgetown at 1:30 p.m. MDT.

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