HOUSTON — The Seguin Youth Soccer Club's 89 FC team took third place at the state tournament in Houston this past weekend, defeating the defending champion Bulverde Rangers 1-0 in the third-place match on Sunday.
The winning goal was netted by Marco Gonzales, who had three goals at the tournament. Teammate Alonso Aldana scored a pair of goals in Houston.
The squad earned its way to the state tournament by claiming the district championship in San Antonio on Dec. 10 and 11, posting a perfect 3-0 record while there.
89 FC Seguin began its run with a hard-fought 1-0 win over a solid San Marcos KAOS team on Dec. 10, later sprinting past the Harlingen Celtics 3-1 in the afternoon match to punch its ticket to the next day's championship contest against Bulverde.
The match began at 7:30 a.m. on a cold and wet field, with Riley Koenig helping his team get on the board first.
On a corner kick, Koenig crossed a ball right into a Bulverde defender, who couldn't clear it cleanly and ended up scoring an own goal.
89 FC Seguin held that slim 1-0 lead until trouble arose in the second half, with the Rangers earning a penalty kick due to a hand ball.
Goalkeeper Edgar Villamil came up huge on the kick, though, diving left to deflect the ball out of the box and help protect Seguin's 1-0 advantage.
Koenig later applied the knockout blow when he added a late goal with seven minutes remaining in the match, sealing a momentous win for his club.
The victory sent 89 FC Seguin through to the state tournament this past Saturday and Sunday, where the team lost its first two contests before rebounding to beat the Rangers for the second straight time.
It was a sweet taste of revenge for Seguin, which finished the regular season 5-2-2 — with one of those losses coming in a tightly-contested 3-2 decision against Bulverde.
89 FC Seguin is the SYSC's squad for 17- and 18-year-old boys, with most of the club's players also competing for Seguin High School.