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Having gone to state and won the Class 4A title in 2004 and having reached the Class 5A final in 2009, Lopez is going back again, five years exactly since its last trip to state and 10 years since it advanced to Georgetown the first time.
To set up Saturday's all Brownsville regional final, the Lobos and 32 5A runner up Raiders (22 3) beat San Antonio opponents Friday in the regional semifinal round. Lopez edged Clark 1 0 and Rivera prevailed over Brandeis 2 1.
"It's just a fantastic feeling," said Lobos senior midfielder Kevin Maldonado, who scored his team's first two goals. "Rivera's a very difficult team to beat. We knew they had a great team and that we couldn't back down, not even for a minute against them, so it feels very good to win."
First, Maldonado rocketed a free kick into the left corner of the goal from about 20 yards out on the right side to make it 1 0 with 6:35 showing on the stadium clock. Then, with 4:46 to go before the half, Maldonado converted a penalty kick that resulted from a tripping call against the Raiders.
But the game tying goal that the Raiders so desperately sought as time slipped away never came. As a result, the Lobos are returning to Georgetown, thanks to their newly invoked five year plan.
game of it. Rivera's Manny Garcia nudged in the ball from close range off a free kick taken from the left side with 27 1/2 minutes remaining to close the gap to 3 1 and teammate David Alexander scored on a medium range shot with 26 minutes to go to bring the Raiders to within one goal of the lead.
The Lobos surged to a 3 0 first half lead and held on for a 3 2 victory over Rivera on Saturday in the Region IV 5A boys soccer final at Blossom Athletic Center to secure their third trip to Georgetown during the coming week.
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"Something like that last play of the first half," he added. "That's just the way it is. It's unfortunate, but that's life. Life goes on."
Suddenly, the Raiders were facing the unthinkable, a 3 0 deficit.
Saturday's match between the two Brownsville teams remained scoreless for much of the opening half until the Lobos broke things open with three goals during the last 6 1/2 minutes before intermission.
"I told our players after the game that again, as I see it, it wasn't meant to be," Rivera coach Salvador Garcia said. "We can talk about the chances we had, we can talk about the mistakes we made and we can talk about a lot of things, but in the end it just wasn't meant to be.
"We've worked so hard for this," Lobos junior forward Leo Martinez said. "We had a goal (to win state) since the beginning of the season. I'm glad we have a chance to complete it. That's why we feel so happy."
Things quickly went from bad to worse from Rivera's standpoint as time was winding down in the first half and Lopez's Julio de la Garza lined up to take a last second corner kick from the right side. It should have been a routine play, but somehow the ball slipped out of the Rivera goalkeeper's hands as he tried to control it, and Lopez's Adrian Barba was there to tap it in as time in the half expired.
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