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Deer boys soccer victorious on senior night

Written by Adrian Romero. Posted in Sports

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The Deer Park boys soccer team ended its regular season on a winning note with a 4-0 victory over Beaumont West Brook on senior night. David Garcia, Luis Gutierrez Martinez, Anthony Cantu and Jimmy Yanez tallied the Deer goals. Deer Park’s first playoff opponent and location will be announced soon.

CantuFour Deer Park players scored on senior night in the team's 4-0 victory over West Brook. Photo by Travis Young/Deer Park Photos.The Deer Park boys soccer team tacked on another victory in the last district game of the season Monday night with a 4-0 victory over Beaumont Westbrook.

Both teams came out strong in the first half, with both defenses feeling pressure throughout. Despite the fast offenses, the lone goal of the half came from a David Garcia penalty kick after getting fouled within the penalty box.

Halftime proved to work wonders on the Deer, and both Luis Gutierrez Martinez and Anthony Cantu found the back of the net within the first five minutes of the second half. This early scoring seemed to shake the Bruins as their playing style became more tentative. Jimmy Yanez joined the party late in the second half with a goal of his own.

Monday also happened to be senior night, which is fitting considering all four of Deer Park's goals came from seniors. "It felt good to score and make memories with my team," said senior Jimmy Yanez.

"This game was important to me because I like doing good things for my team," said senior Luis Gutierrez Martinez.

Head coach Jerry Hurtado celebrated his team's victory, noting that they have overcome adversity throughout the season and had to adapt to earn a playoff berth.

"We’ve made some changes and moved some people around, including moving Cantu up to striker to score some goals for us. It's not me, it's all about the boys and what they've done. Soccer isn't really a coaches sport, the players are the ones who do everything out there and adapt. We made it to playoffs despite the rough patch we went through, and we deserve to be there and we're hungry,” he said.

On the girls’ soccer side, the Lady Deer capped off an undefeated district season with a 6-1 victory at West Brook. Playoff information for both teams will be announced in the coming days.