UPDATE: KTSM spoke to UIL officials who said they are investigating the incident between Eastlake and Rider, but could not provide further comment at this time.
A Socorro Independent School District spokesman released the following statement:
“Our athletic team is working with the campus to fully investigate and follow up with UIL. The campus will hold its athletes accountable based on confirmed findings. The campus and team will follow final UIL ruling and the district Student Code of Conduct in taking possible corrective action.”
ORIGINAL: The Eastlake boys soccer team should be celebrating their 1-0 playoff win over Rider on Tuesday afternoon in Midland, Texas. Instead, the Falcons are facing possible suspensions.
There was a small altercation at halftime and tempers were running high throughout the second half of the game. The officials and administration did the best they could under the circumstances. It’s worth noting there was no security or police presence at the stadium.— Tobin McDuff (@KfdxTobin) April 2, 2019
David Garcia scored the lone goal in the match for Eastlake, which sends the Falcons to the Regional Quarterfinals.
However, the game ended with a brawl on the field and punches were thrown by both teams, resulting in five red cards. Three of those red cards were issued to Eastlake. Per University Interscholastic League (UIL) rules, those three players will be ineligible to play in the Falcons next playoff game against Bel Air on Thursday.
Socorro Independent School District (SISD) tells KTSM 9 Sports it is in the preliminary stages of conducting it’s own internal investigation and are working with the UIL to determine the proper course of action that should be taken.
With the win, the Falcons improve to 18-7, but the sequence of events to follow will be the storyline heading into their matchup against Bel Air on Thursday.