After falling behind 2-0 in the first half to El Paso Eastwood on Friday, the Frenship boys’ soccer team peppered the back of the Trooper’s net with four unanswered second half goals – two in regulation and two in overtime – to capture a 4-2 victory in the regional quarterfinals, their third straight come-from-behind victory in the Class 6A playoffs.
The win keeps alive a magical season and now includes the Tigers first-ever trip to the Class 6A Region I Tournament.
“I’m running out of adjectives to describe these young men!” said head coach Scott Smith. “There’s one thing you can’t train… that’s heart. That blue-collar grit and grind is fundamental for success in any area of life, especially sports. The team as a whole has very high unity and a strong foundation. They are fighting tigers who fight for each other. That is special!”
Tiger senior Magnus McSween landed a hat trick for the Tigers with three goals and Adam Aboohamidi added goal number four in the comeback win. In the team’s three comeback postseason victories, FHS has now outscored opponents 10-1 after halftime.
“The effort and desire to go to the very last minute is special,” Smith added. “Opposing coaches say to me after the game, ‘you guys are well conditioned, you keep-up the intensity all game. It never drops.’ And they’re right, the boys are what we call soccer fit because we’ve been on the soccer field since the beginning of the year.”
The Tigers (25-2) face McKinney Boyd in the Region I Semifinal on Friday at 3:00 p.m. at Grande Communications Stadium in Midland. The winner moves into the Regional Final match scheduled for Saturday.