By Colin Bado, TSB Staff
ROUND ROCK — Humble Kingwood goalkeeper Jack DiSorbo has had his work cut out for him in the UIL 5A playoffs. Kingwood’s last three matches went into penalty kicks and DiSorbo rose to the occasion, enabling the Mustangs to advance to the final four.
DiSorbo’s latest victim was McKinney Boyd.
After 80 minutes of regulation time and two 10-minute overtime halves produced a 1-1 tie, DiSorbo’s heroics helped crown the Mustangs as Class 5A Region II champions by defeating Boyd in a shootout.
The dramatic, defensive-oriented match ended the Broncos’ outstanding season Saturday afternoon at the Kelley Reeves Athletic Complex in Round Rock.
During regulation, Kingwood’s standout midfielder, Trey Richardson gave the Mustangs an early lead.
In the 12th minute, Richardson collected a pass and maneuvered to the middle of the field, 25 yards away from Boyd’s goal. Before the Broncos could collapse on the ball, Richardson fired a shot off of his left foot, splitting two defenders. The ball bent towards the lower right hand corner, Boyd goalkeeper Evan Davies dove but was unable to make the save.
“I told the guys, “outside of 25 yards is when they’ll score,” and they did,” said Boyd coach Casey Osborn.
Allowing an early goal sparked a fire within the Broncos’ squad. Controlling possession, Boyd pushed the ball deep into Kingwood’s defense, and in the 20th minute, Boyd midfielder Ryan Trayner moved the ball quickly into the Mustang zone, enticing the defense. As the defense collapsed, he flicked the ball to forward Sewell Yost. Through pure will, Yost moved aggressively towards the net, DiSorbo started to leave his goal and Yost shot the ball to the bottom left corner. DiSorbo desperately reached for the ball, but to no avail. Yost tied the game at
For the next 80 minutes, neither team could find the back of the net. Exhausted, both teams dug deep and prepared for yet another shootout. In the end, Kingwood would win its third consecutive playoff game via a shootout.
Boyd’s Davies saved the initial shot. Hoping to take an early lead, Yost set the ball down and with determination struck the ball. Yost’s shot flew off his boot and sailed over the frame.
But Kingwood’s Dimitri Brown, scored the first goal, putting the Mustangs up 1-0.
Boyd’s Dillion Farrell was elected to take the second PK. Aiming right, the ball left his foot and DiSorbo left his feet and made an astounding save.
Mustang Patrick Herzberger made it impossible for Davies to make a save by shooting the ball to the bottom left-hand corner.
Trailing 2-0, the stakes were raised for Ben Gupton to make his PK. Firing left, however, DiSorbo came up with his most significant save of the year.
Kingwood needed one more goal to move on to the next round. Connor Hartung placed the ball on the ground and in a matter of seconds shot the ball, Davies dove but the ball flew by into the net. The Mustang bench erupted in glory and piled on top of their goalkeeper.
Kingwood coach Kevin Johnson has the second most high school wins with 562 and is Texas’ only high school coach with boys and girls state titles.
As the last MISD team in the playoffs, fans of all schools rallied in support of the Broncos, but the 2013 season would come to an abrupt halt the night after McKinney High fell to Kingwood in a shootout of its own.
Boyd had advanced by defeating The Woodlands 2-1 on Friday night. The Broncos finished their season with a 19-6-3 record.
“This senior class is one of the best, if not the best that I’ve ever had,” said Osborn. “Since they were sophomores, they changed the way people look at Boyd soccer, making it through regionals over the last three years. “
During regulation, the Broncos created more opportunities to score than their opponent, but they were unable to capitalize. Yost led the attack up front and in the 33rd minute came close to putting the game away but a stunning save by DiSorbo denied his efforts.
In the 59th minute, Boyds’ Pablo Jaimes collected a cross from Juan Moran at the front post, but his chip bounced off of the crossbar.
“Execution was the difference. We crated more chances then they did, but we couldn’t execute,” said Osborn.