San Elizario boys soccer look to repeat as state champs

SAN ELIZARIO, Texas (KTSM) - Just two local teams remain in the Texas state soccer playoffs, including the San Elizario boys' team. This is a program that won it all last year. The team expects to do the same again this year with the UIL State Soccer Championships kicking off on Wednesday.

Monday, the Eagles were back on the practice field, going light with a stretch and putting the finishing touches on their game for a rematch of last year's state title game against Palestine. Last year, San Eli won 1-0. They know the Wildcats are gunning for them, but they also know they're extremely hot right now. The Eagles have outscored their opponents 20-3 in the playoffs.

"I have a hard time seeing anybody being a lot better than that team over there {San Elizario}. My team is solid. I mean, this is just a really, really good team. After 20 years, I know what they look like," Coach Max Sappenfield said.

The players also feel confident they can pull off the repeat.

"The game is all about heart. We know that we are capable if we play good, but the team that is going to win is the team with the most heart. It's going to be the team that really wants it and I think we have a big heat. We want it," said San Eli Senior Forward Richard Gutierrez. 

This is San Eli's third trip to the state tournament in the last five years. The game will be played on Wednesday at 4 p.m. (CST) in Georgetown, Texas. If they advance, they will play the winner of the Comal Canyon Lake and Midlothian Heritage game on Friday at 2:30 p.m. (CST). 

Fans, family and alumni unable to attend can watch the UIL Soccer State Tournament live online with a subscription at   Subscribers can also watch on the go by downloading the NFHS Network app for the iPhone and Android devices.


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