San Elizario soccer team prepares for state title game


San Elizario defeated Palestine 1-0 on Wednesday to advance to the 4A State Championship Game for the second year in a row.

KTSM 9 News was there as the Eagles participated in a light workout on Thursday as they prepare for the biggest match of the season. 

“What experience has shown us over the last five years is that we need a recovery day,” Head Coach Max Sappenfield told KTSM. “This was perfect, it couldn’t come on a better day. Yesterday’s game was a war. tomorrow will be another battle.”

A win over Midlothian Heritage would give San Eli its second straight title and third in five years, cementing their place as one of the greatest programs in Texas soccer. 

“Our main goal has always been to win another state title,” senior forward Richard Gutierrez said. “Winning a back to back would be an amazing accomplishment.”

One player says there’s something different about this year’s team.

“I think this team is more united and thinks more about the team,” sophomore defender Jonathan Carrillo said. “I think we’re going to accomplish it and get the win.”

The Eagles will look to write their name in the record book at 1:30 p.m. Mountain Time on Friday.

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