Mineral Wells was less than three minutes away from victory before a defensive “brain cramp” allowed a quick score and a 2-2 tie against Fort Worth Southwest Friday at Ram Stadium.
The Rams established a 1-0 lead off a header goal from Diego Andrade off a crossing pass from Jared Valle.
Around the four-minute mark of the second half, Julian Avila nailed a 30-yard free-kick over four Southwest defenders and just the past the outstretched arms of the Fort Worth goalkeeper.
“We played well in this game and showed patience,” Coach Rolando Borjon said. “We had a couple of guys down with injuries, so I’m very proud of how we handled ourselves.”
The game was physical without the need for fouling, and Borjon noted how the Rams were able to maintain their possessions.
“We passed the ball well and didn’t force ourselves into making mistakes,” Borjon said. “After the Boswell tournament, we sat down and talked about how we were not playing ‘Ram soccer’ and about how I wanted them to work on being consistent.”
Other than the quick-strike goal at the end of Tuesday’s game that resulted in the 2-2 score, the Rams gave Borjon what he wanted.
The knotted score places the Rams’ record at 2-2-1 on the year. Mineral Wells will have some opportunities this weekend to improve that mark as Rams take part in the Heritage tournament in Midlothian.
“If we can maintain the consistency, I want this team is going to continue to improve and will put itself into a good position when district comes around,” Borjon said.