February 20, 2022

By Greg Selber

Click here for select photos from Econ vs North 2-28-22

With the beginning of the second half of league play Friday, the city’s boys’ soccer teams shook up the 31-6A standings a bit.

EHS scored a terrific result, beating first-place Juarez-Lincoln in a goalfest, 5-3, and are near the top of the table, on 20 points. After losing to the Huskies in the opener of the first round, the Bobcats have run off seven wins in eight matches, losing only to North. They sit in third behind Lincoln and surprising Mission, each on 21 points.

The Cougars defeated Econ on the road Friday 3-0, but the result was trickier than that. North now has 18 points, good for fourth in the league. The Jags, who are tied for last with Vela with four points, have played better than their numbers would suggest, with four one-goal defeats and a PK’s loss to the SaberCats. Vela has started to get things together with two victories in three starts after a 0-6 start. La Joya is fifth right now on 16 points, making for quote a logjam in the table, as only five points separate one through five. The Tri-Cities schools have nine (P-SJ-A) and six points (Pharr North) as the second half continues Tuesday.

This week’s local schedule for Tuesday: a North doubleheader at the Stadium against Mission and the annual clash between EHS and Econ, at EHS. Friday, Vela and North will butt heads at the Stadium while Econ’s sides welcome P-SJ-A to town.

Down the Valley, Hanna tops District 32-6A followed closely by Los Fresnos, Donna North, and Rivera, in that order. The Raiders hold a seven-point edge in Harlingen South and San Benito, tied at nine points.

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