2014 Varsity

2014 WFHS Varsity

Varsity team 2014

Front: Julio Varela, Joab Saldana, Brandon Wright, Aaron Valdez, Rudy Alvarez, Manny Santamaria, Garrett Martin

Middle: Mitchell Kurtz, Neil Esteves, Reyes Rodriguez, Alexis Hernandez, Cesar Corona, Miguel Ramirez, Carlos Gonzalez, Daniel Tays, Jorge Martinez, Daniel Gutierrez

Back: Paul Sebbak, Jakob Trans, Adrian Alvarez, Kevin Cardenas, Jimmy Holcomb, Travis Collins, Miguel Vasquez, Angel Valdez, Santi Arruguen

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13-7-3

District 9-4A Champions

Area Champions

Sectional Finalists

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Roster

2014 Roster

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Goalkeepers

Daniel Gutierrez, Mitchell Kurtz

Defenders

Kevin Cardenas, Cesar Corona, Rudy Alvarez, Garrett Martin, Jorge Martinez, Angel Valdez

Midfielders

Jakob Trans, Reyes Rodriguez, Joab Saldana, Alexis Hernandez, Manny Santamaria

Paul Sebbak, Adrian Alvarez, Jimmy Holcomb, Miguel Vasquez

Forwards

Miguel Ramirez, Brandon Wright, Julio Varela, Daniel Tays, Carlos Gonzalez

Neil Esteves, Travis Collins

2014 Seniors

Reyes Rodriguez, Miguel Ramirez, Julio Varela, Rudy Alvarez, Daniel Tays, Cesar Corona

Neil Esteves, Adrian Alvarez, Kevin Cardenas, Jimmy Holcomb, Miguel Vasquez, Angel Valdez, Jorge Martinez

2014 Captains

Daniel Tays, Cesar Corona, Adrian Alvarez, Jorge Martinez

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 2014 Stats

 

2014 Results

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2014 Honors

Daniel Tays- Senior

District 9-4A MVP

TASCO All-Star Team

KFDX Player of the Week (2)

NSCAA National Player of the Week

WFHS Team MVP

College: West Texas A&M

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Jorge Matinez- Senior

1st Team All-District

WFHS Team Defensive MVP

College: Eastern OK State

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Adrian Alvarez- Senior

1st Team All-District Midfielder

WFHS Team Offensive MVP

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Cesar Corona- Senior

1st Team All-District Defender

College: Eastern OK State

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Daniel Gutierrez- Junior

District 9-4A Goalkeeper of the Year

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 Carlos Gonzalez- Sophomore

1st Team All-District Forward

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Alexis Hernandez- Junior

1st Team All-District Midfielder

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Travis Collins- Sophomore

2nd Team All-District Forward

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Manny Santamaria- Sophomore

2nd Team All-District Midfielder

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Garrett Martin- Junior

All-District Honorable Mention

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Neil Esteves- Senior

All-District Honorable Mention

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Reyes Rodriguez- Senior

All-District Honorable Mention

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Jimmy Holcomb- Senior

All-District Honorable Mention

 

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Coyote Soccer Media Highlights

Daniel Tays- KFDX Athlete of the Week

 

KFDX- Tays Leads Coyotes Over Rider

 

Daniel Tays- KFDX Athlete of the Week, Again

 

Coyotes Named KFDX Team of the Week

 

KAUZ- WFHS v Gainesville Recap

KAUZ-TV: Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

 

KFDX- WFHS v Rider Recap

 

 

 

KAUZ- WFHS v Denton Guyer, 4A Area Playoff Game

KAUZ-TV: Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

 

KFDX- WFHS v Denton Guyer, Jorge Martinez Goal

 

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News Articles

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Boys High School Soccer Preview

January 7, 2014

WFHS Coyotes

Coach: Patrick McCauley

Last year’s record: 11-7-5

Returning starters: Cesar Corona, sr., D; Jorge Martinez, sr., D; Garrett Martin, jr., D; Adrian Alvarez, sr., M; Alexis Hernandez, jr., M: Daniel Tays, sr., M

Top new players: Daniel Gutierrez, jr. GK; Manny Santamaria, so., M; Neil Esteves, sr., F; Travis Collins, so., F

Team strength: Experience will be a major strength for us this season, as we are returning the core of our team from last year. Another strength will be our speed in the attack. The guys also have excellent technical ability, which we’ll rely on to possess the ball and create chances on goal. Defensively, our key defenders have experience playing together, and I expect us to be solid in the back again this year.

This will be a good season IF … “We play to our ability and stay healthy. The guys have high expectations this year after winning the team’s first playoff game in 10 years last season. We’re looking to build off last year’s success and win more trophies.”

Tournaments: Dr. Pink Invitational (Frisco), WF Winter Cup

Coach’s comments: “This group is a special group of guys, they’ve worked extremely hard this offseason and I’m excited to see them turn some heads this year. We’ll be tested early with some difficult games in the preseason, but we’re hoping those games will build some character and resilience in the guys and get us ready for district.”

Comments on district race:

“This district season should be competitive, just as it was last season. We are looking to compete with Rider and Gainesville for the top spot. We’re set on winning the first outright district championship for WFHS.”

 

Alvarez scores 2 for Coyotes in Frisco Tournament Opener

January 10, 2014

FRISCO — Adrian Alvarez scored a pair of second-half goals to lead the Wichita Falls High Coyotes to a 2-1 win over Denton Guyer in the Dr. Pink Invitational on Thursday.

Alvarez opened up the scoring by finishing a cross in front of the goal from Daniel Tays in the 60th minute. Ten minutes later he took a pass from Neil Esteves and beat the goal keeper to the near post.

Guyer got a goal back with 3 minutes left off a free kick just outside the box.

“Guyer created more opportunities than we did, but we did a good job of finishing the two big chances we had,” WFHS coach Patrick McCauley said. “We played just well enough to win the game, but we definitely have some areas of improvement.”

Keeper Daniel Gutierrez made four big saves early in the match.

The Coyotes play Midlothian at noon Friday and Frisco Wakeland at 5 p.m.

 

Coyotes shut out twice in Frisco

January 11, 2014

FRISCO — Wichita Falls High School dropped two matches Friday at Dr. Pink Invitational.

The Coyotes battled Midlothian to the end before falling, 1-0. WFHS standouts were Garrett Martin, Reyes Rodriguez and Travis Collins.

Frisco Wakeland jumped on Old High 3-0 in the first half and closed it out by the same score. WFHS standouts were Jorge Martinez, Neil Esteves and Daniel Gutierrez.

WFHS faces Houston St Thomas tomorrow at 11 a.m. Saturday.

 

Coyotes must settle for 2-2 tie in Frisco

January 12, 2014

FRISCO — Wichita Falls High School got off to a great start Saturday in its final game at the Dr. Pink Invitational.

Adrian Alvarez and Jorge Martinez gave the Coyotes a two-goal lead going into halftime against Houston St. Thomas.

But St. Thomas scored twice in the second half — including a late goal on a penalty kick — as WFHS had to settle for a 2-2 tie.

“We started off great early on, finishing chances and possessing the ball well,” WFHS coach Patrick McCauley said. “We let them back in the game in the second half. We had five good chances in the box in the second half to put the game away and we failed to score a third, opening the door for them to level it up.

“Our fitness and injuries caught up with us at the end of the tournament, and the guys just lost their heads a bit. It’s a good lesson for them to learn — we’ve got to finish teams off.”

Cesar Corona and Alexis Hernandez had assists for Old High (1-2-1). Martinez was named an all-tournament selection, while Daniel Tays and Manny Santamaria were Coyote standouts.

 

Coyotes, San Angelo Central battle to 1-1 tie

January 14, 2014

Wichita Falls High School’s Daniel Tays broke a scoreless deadlock in the 60th minute with a goal from just outside the 18-yard box Tuesday night.

But San Angelo Central scored a goal with five minutes left, forcing the Coyotes to settle for a 1-1 tie.

“Tonight we had another game of missed opportunities, a costly mistake in the back and nothing to show for our hard work,” WFHS coach Patrick McCauley said. “We had two goals called back for offsides, a missed one-on-one, and a handful of good chances inside the box that we just couldn’t get on the end of. I think the guys’ possession and buildup play is great, it’s the final result that’s eluding us right now.

“Hopefully we can figure out how to score and finish off games soon. But I’m optimistic about our soccer at Old High — it’s heading in the right direction, and we have a long season ahead of us.”

Jorge Martinez set up Tays’ goal. Other WFHS standouts were Garrett Martin, Cesar Corona and Jimmy Holcomb.

 

Argyle rallies past Coyotes late, 3-2

January 22, 2014

ARGYLE — Wichita Falls High School took its first lead Tuesday night against Argyle 15 minutes into the second half on Alexis Hernandez’s goal.

But the Eagles scored twice offset pieces — a long throw-in and a corner kick — to come away with a 3-2 victory.

“We lost the game by not taking care of the little things,” WFHS coach Patrick McCauley said. “We defended set pieces poorly and didn’t do a good job of dealing with their quick forwards. It was good to see us respond well and get back in the game after going down early, but we checked out of the game mentally in the second half and Argyle took advantage of our mistakes.”

Argyle struck first, but WFHS (1-3-2) tied the game at 1-1 when Reyes Rodriguez finished off a cross from Daniel Tays with his head. Tays also assisted Hernandez, who chested the ball down and put it past the keeper for a 2-1 lead. Goalkeeper Daniel Gutierrez and Rodriguez were standouts in the loss.

 

Tays Nets Hatrick in 6-0 Win over Frenship

January 25, 2014

The Coyotes took care of business quickly in their 6-0 win over Frenship as Daniel Tays had a hat-trick.

“I’m glad to see the guys put a complete game together and play with some confidence,” WFHS coach Patrick McCauley said. “We’ve had some forgettable games so far this season so tonight’s result was important for us.”

Travis Collins and Tays scored first-half goals for the Coyotes, while Tays added two in the second half along with Joab Saldana and Neil Esteves.

The Coyotes (2-3-2) will play Frenship at 10 a.m. Saturday at Garnett Stadium.

 

Old High’s Tays scores hat-trick in 65 seconds

January 26, 2014

Daniel Tays registered his second straight hat trick Saturday morning in the Winter Cup.

But that’s not the amazing part. Tays’ three goals against Frenship came in the game’s final 65 seconds as the Coyotes pulled away for a 4-0 victory at Garnett Stadium.

“I’m very proud of the way the guys played this weekend,” WFHS coach Patrick McCauley said. “It’s important to finish off our preseason scoring goals and playing good defense. We’ve got three tough preseason games left, including a game against the No. 1 team in the state (Flower Mound Marcus), so we’ll need to be in top form for them and for district.”

Old High (3-3-2) went up 1-0 in the 20th minute when Adrian Alvarez collected Jimmy Holcomb’s flick on a long throw-in and finished it. The Coyotes couldn’t convert several other chances until Tays took over late. Alvarez assisted all three goals as the Coyotes (3-3-2) outscored their two Winter Cup opponents 10-0. Cesar Corona was also named a standout for WFHS.

 

Trimble Tech knocks off Coyotes, 2-0

January 31, 2014

FORT WORTH — The Wichita Falls High Coyotes gave up a goal in each half off set pieces, falling 2-0 to Trimble Tech on Friday night in Clark Stadium.

WFHS (3-5-2) will play at Flower Mound Marcus, the No. 2 team in the nation, on Tuesday.

“We weren’t very mentally tough tonight and I feel like it cost us the game,” WFHS coach Patrick McCauley said. “These preseason games have been good for us; the tough opponents are making us work for everything; and it’s teaching the guys that we’ve got a lot of areas of improvement if we want to have a successful season.

“With losses come lessons, and we are definitely learning from these games as we get ready for district next week.”

Trimble Tech scored midway through the first half off a corner kick and scored off a free kick from just outside the box with 10 minutes left in the game.

WFHS outshot the home team 20-13, but the Coyotes hit the cross bar twice, missed a couple of one-on-ones and “gave their keeper a highlight reel tonight.”

Standouts for the Coyotes were Jorge Martinez, Miguel Ramirez and Daniel Gutierrez.

 

Coyotes blanked by No. 1 Flower Mound

February 4, 2014

FLOWER MOUND — Wichita Falls High played No. 1-ranked Flower Mound Marcus to a stalemate through one half, but allowed three late goals in a loss Tuesday night.

“We played well the first half, pressing them and breaking up their possession, while creating a few chances of our own,” said WFHS coach Patrick McCauley. “But the guys’ heads went down after giving up the first goal and we never recovered.”

Marcus finally got on the board 15 minutes into the second half off a corner kick. It followed just 10 minutes later on an Old High miscue in the box and again with just two minutes to go on a free kick.

The Coyotes fall to 3-6-2 on the season.

 

Tays scores three as Coyotes whip Burk

February 8, 2014

Daniel Tays had his third hat trick in the last three home games as the Wichita Falls High Coyotes opened District 9-4A play with a 7-0 win over Burkburnett at Memorial Stadium.

“I’m proud of the way the guys played and how we finished our chances early,” WFHS coach Patrick McCauley said. “I thought we did a good job of getting the ball wide and creating chances off crosses. Something we’ve been working on in practice.”

Alexis Hernandez had two goals, Adrian Alvarez had a goal and three assists and Manny Santamaria also scored as WFHS led 4-0 at the half.

Other standouts for the Coyotes were Reyes Rodriguez, Joab Saldana and Miguel Lugo.

Coyotes improve to 4-6-2, and are 1-0 in district play.

 

Tays, WFHS boys too much for Hirschi, 8-1

February 12, 2014

Wichita Falls High School scored five first-half goals and Daniel Tays added another hat trick as the Coyotes breezed by Hirschi 8-1 on Wednesday night at Memorial Stadium.

Tays opened the scoring in the 6th minute, the start to his fourth hat trick on the season.

Jimmy Holcomb, Alexis Hernandez and Miguel Vasquez also added first-half goals. Hernandez opened the scoring in the second half and both Tays and Adrian Alvarez found the back of the net.

Cesar Corona, Manny Santamaria and Neil Esteves were standouts for the Coyotes (5-6-2, 2-0).

“I liked our patience on the ball tonight,” WFHS coach Patrick McCauley said. “I thought we did a good job of finding space and creating chances on goal. The guys were sharp tonight and I’m proud of them.”

Hirschi’s goal came from Til Gebel in the 35th minute. Luis Enriquez also was a standout for the Huskies (5-6, 1-1).

 

Coyotes drop Eagles with 2nd-half goals

February 14, 2014

The Wichita Falls High Coyotes broke open a 1-0 game with four second-half goals to knock off Decatur 5-0 Friday at Memorial Stadium.

The Coyotes improve to 6-6-2 for the season and 3-0 in District 9-4A.

“We created more chances on goal in the first half than the second, we just couldn’t finish,” WFHS coach Patrick McCauley. “The guys did a much better job of scoring and putting the game away in the second half.

“I thought our movement was great tonight, and defensively we were very solid.”

Santamaria scored the only first-half goal off a Daniel Tays assist.

Tays scored 10 minutes into the second half to make it 2-0 to give the Coyotes a little breathing room before Adrian Alvarez scored two goals off two corner kicks in the 55th and 58th minutes. Carlos Gonzales finished off the scoring in the 65th minute.

 

Tays’ 5th hat trick lets Coyotes run wild

February 18, 2014

GAINESVILLE — Daniel Tays recorded his fifth hat trick of the season during a 5-1 victory for Wichita Falls High over Gainesville in District 9-4A play.

“We came out flat in the first half,” WFHS coach Patrick McCauley said. “We didn’t look like ourselves. The second half was much better. We possessed the ball well and found space and more time in the midfield.”

Tays opened up the highlights with a goal 15 minutes into the game off a throw-in by teammate Cesar Corona.

Gainesville knotted things back up just ten minutes later.

But Tays wasn’t done, scoring again off an assist from Alexis Hernandez right before the intermission. He struck once more in the 65th minute, following a Jorge Martinez free kick that found the back of the net about 15 minutes earlier.

Rudy Alvarez rounded out the scoring party on a late penalty kick.

 

Coyotes Break Streak

February 21, 2014

Daniel Tays’ first goal Friday night was a thing of beauty, an off-balance shot with the Wichita Falls High School senior’s left foot from about 20 yards out.

That game-tying strike with 10:13 remaining gave the Coyotes renewed hope and sent half the crowd at Memorial Stadium into a frenzy.

Tays wasn’t finished causing trouble for No. 3 Rider, unleashing a powerful shot into the back of the net with 2:27 remaining that sealed the Coyotes’ 2-1 victory, their first win over the Raiders in more than two decades.

“I told the guys this was your chance to show Wichita Falls that there’s two soccer programs in town, not just one,” WFHS coach Patrick McCauley said. “We’ve done it before (playing a competitive game), but we’ve never won. I want the kids to enjoy this because it’s going to be something they never forget. The biggest thing is we have to do it again.”

Tays made national headlines by scoring a hat trick in less than 90 seconds four weeks ago, but he said that accomplishment wasn’t nearly as special as giving the Coyotes their first win over Rider since 1990. Old High had lost the previous 23 meetings since a 2003 draw.

It looked like the rivalry game would be headed for a tie until Tays received a pass from Manny Santamaria down the left sideline, beat Rider defender Kyle Selsor as he cut toward the goal and ripped a low shot that Rider keeper Braydon Lifland couldn’t handle.

“These two are the biggest goals of the whole season,” said Tays, who increased his team-high total to 19 goals in 2014. “This is the first time we’ve beaten Rider — that’s one step. The next step is to beat them again and be district champs.”

Tays said his first goal changed the game for the Coyotes (8-6-2, 5-0). In between his strikes, there was a scuffle involving several players in the 72nd minute that surprisingly ended with only two yellow cards and a Rider parent jumping out of the stands before being escorted out of the stadium.

“You don’t want that to be a part of the game, but it was. I thought we dealt with it really well,” McCauley said. “To have the composure after that to finish off the game was great.

“The response from our kids in the last 15 minutes was incredible. We started winning 50-50 balls, momentum started to shift and we began to have belief in ourselves.”

Josh Peloquin, who entered Friday’s match with 33 goals, didn’t score for only the second time this season. McCauley credited his center backs Cesar Corona and Jorge Martinez with limiting Peloquin’s chances.

The Raiders (13-3-1, 4-1) watched their 10-game winning streak get snapped on the same day they moved up to No. 3 in the TASCO state rankings.

Rider took a 1-0 lead on Jesus Hinojosa’s header off Peloquin’s assist in the 23rd minute. WFHS threatened a couple times in the first half into the wind, but the Coyotes never could get off a quality shot.

Leo Gonzalez nearly doubled the Raiders’ lead with 13:25 remaining. WFHS keeper Daniel Gutierrez dove to his left to stop the low shot, but the ball skipped off the post.

“It’s a good lesson,” Rider coach Josh Hill said. “If you don’t put games away when you have them, you could give yourselves a chance to lose. That’s what happened.”

Hill praised the play of Lifland, who made a diving save on Travis Collins’ shot in the final minutes. He named midfielder Nick Garcia and defender Taz Ellett as other standouts.

“This won’t define us. Our goals extend beyond this game,” Hill said. “Obviously we wanted to win this game, and we’ll learn a lot from it, but our goals remain the same. We’ll come out next time and play them with a much better performance, I’m sure.”

 

Coyotes bite Burk behind Tays, 8-1

February 25, 2014

Wichita Falls High’s Daniel Tays continued his scoring streak Tuesday night, netting a pair of goals in an 8-1 win over Burkburnett at Bulldog Stadium.

Tays now has 22 goals on the season, as the Coyotes improve to 9-6-2 and a perfect 6-0 in District 9-4A play.

“The guys played great tonight,” said WFHS coach Patrick McCauley. “I was proud of the way they moved the ball and finished their chances.”

The Coyotes went up 5-0 before halftime, with Jorge Martinez, Manny Santamaria, Reyes Rodrigues and Joab Saldana joining Tays on the scoreboard. Carlos Gonzalez and Adrian Alvarez tacked on scores before and after Tays struck again after the break.

Adam Andrew provided Burkburnett’s lone highlight with a goal coming off an assist from teammate Charley Salas-Groves. Joe Holst and Kody Millsap were also named as standouts for the Bulldogs, who fall to 5-11-2 overall and 1-4-1 in district.

 

Coyotes celebrate Senior Night, 5-0

February 28, 2015

The Wichita Falls High School Coyotes remained unbeaten in 9-4A action Friday night with a 5-0 victory over Hirschi at Memorial Stadium.

Daniel Tays and Jorge Martinez had first-half goals, while Tays, Adrian Alvarez and Alexis Hernandez found the back of the net in the second half.

Tays now has 23 goals after celebrating Senior Night with two. Alvarez now has 10 on the season.

“We’ve got another good group of seniors this year, and it was great to recognize them tonight,” WFHS coach Patrick McCauley said. “We were able to play some good soccer and score a few great goals.”

Angel Valdez, Alvarez and Tays registered assists for the Coyotes (10-6-2, 7-0). Kevin Cardenas, Miguel Vasquez and Jimmy Holcomb were named standouts.

 

WFHS Stays Perfect in 2-0 Win

March 7, 2015

DECATUR — Wichita Falls High School scored twice in the second half to remain perfect in 9-4A with a 2-0 victory over Decatur.

Adrian Alvarez scored 25 minutes into the second half, while Daniel Tays put the game away with four minutes left off a Manny Santamaria assist.

Decatur picked up two red cards late in the second half.

“Credit to the guys for grinding out the win tonight,” WFHS coach Patrick McCauley said. “It was an ugly game with a lot of fouls and missed chances on goal, but we’re glad to get out of there with a win and no injuries.”

Standouts for WFHS (11-6-2, 8-0) were Cesar Corona, Manny Santamaria and Garrett Martin.

 

Coyotes Blast Gainesville 7-0

March 12, 2015

Daniel Tays collected his sixth hat trick and both Alexis Hernandez and Carlos Gonzalez scored twice as Wichita Falls High School overpowered Gainesville, 7-0, Tuesday night at Memorial Stadium.

The Coyotes (12-6-2, 9-0) scored four times in the first half into the wind. Tays finished off the hat trick with his 27th goal of the season after intermission.

Travis Collins had two assists, while Joab Saldana, Aaron Valdez and Alexis Hernandez each set up a goal.

“I thought we worked the ball very well despite the wind,” WFHS coach Patrick McCauley said. “We kept it on the ground and played some of the best possession soccer we’ve played all season, and to do that on a very windy night was impressive.”

WFHS has already clinched a share of the 9-4A title and will be looking to win the championship outright Friday when it hosts Rider at 7 p.m.

 

Coyotes Make History with Title

March 14, 2014

A tie never felt so sweet.

Wichita Falls High School scored first, played intense soccer for 80 minutes and held off Rider’s late charge Friday night to claim a 1-1 draw against the Raiders.

The Coyotes celebrated more than the tie afterward on the Memorial Stadium turf. The outcome also put the finishing touches on Old High’s first outright district title in boys soccer.

“It’s always cool to make history. This team is carrying off the last team, and that’s what we’re about now is making a name for ourselves,” WFHS coach Patrick McCauley said. “I think the fans here tonight saw we can play good soccer and get results from it.”

The Coyotes (12-6-3, 9-0-1) were in the District 9-4A driver’s seat thanks to a 2-1 comeback win over Rider three weeks ago. And they took the lead Friday with Alexis Hernandez’s beautiful 25-yard strike that curled past Rider keeper Braydon Lifland and glanced off the post before finding the net.

“I’m just so happy that we won this. It feels like a win,” said Hernandez, who scored his ninth goal on a Miguel Lugo assist. “I just picked my head up, seen where to place it and I just shot. When I scored, I didn’t know what to do. I was so excited.”

The Coyotes looked like the more energetic team in the first half, and they nearly put the game away with about 18 minutes to go. Daniel Tays made a nice run down the left side and made a perfect cross to Manny Santamaria, who couldn’t put the shot on frame.

Rider quickly answered a minute later. After Josh Peloquin’s threatening run ended with WFHS keeper Mitchell Kurtz clearing the ball, Tanner Burris sent the ball back toward the Coyote goal. It hit off the post and Jesus Hinojosa was there to pounce on the opportunity with 17:15 left.

“That kid is always at the right place at the right time. That’s one of his best traits,” Rider coach Josh Hill said. “There wasn’t a lot of passing by either side, but there were a lot of chances.

“Give (WFHS) credit. They did a good job of coming out with intensity. You could see the desire. That’s something I’ll have to look back at as a coach is how can I do a better job to get those guys ready to play because it didn’t seem like we were able to match their intensity.”

Jorge Martinez and Kevin Cardenas had chances late for Old High, but they couldn’t get off a quality shot from close range.

The Coyote back four of Garrett Martin, Neil Estevez, Cesar Corona and Jorge Martinez did a solid job keeping Peloquin and the Raider offense in check. McCauley also praised midfield playmaker Adrian Alvarez and Kurtz, the backup who has been thrust into a starting role because of Daniel Gutierrez’s injury.

Hill praised the play of 6-7 center back Cameron Dailey, who won lots of balls in the air and had Rider’s best first-half chance on a header that sailed high off a corner kick.

Despite not being able to claim what seems like an annual spot atop the district standings, Hill is optimistic the Raiders could turn this sour taste into a successful postseason.

“We’re ready to start our new season,” Hill said. “After the game, the guys were disappointed, and that’s good they’re disappointed with a tie. We’ll get back to practice on spring break and be ready to go.”

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