By Anthony Mannino
The Lake Travis Cavaliers scored to the beat of the school’s drum line present at Friday’s game, but also allowed Del Valle to score to the same tempo in a 4-4 game.
“We have to keep it tight defensively,” Dylan Tracy said. “Giving up four goals isn’t [going to be] good enough when it gets deeper into playoffs.”
The Cavaliers won the shootout 3-2 but blew 2-0 and 3-1 leads during the game. A win would’ve placed Lake Travis first in district, ahead of Del Valle, which has played one less game.
Lake Travis could’ve scored three goals in the first 10 minutes of the game with Nathaniel Adamolekun at the heart of the attack.
The freshman forward worked with Cooper Fyfe a give-and-go in the fourth minute, but Fyfe shot the ball just wide. Four minutes later, Vance Perkins caught Del Valle off guard when he stole the ball in Lake Travis’ own half and played a through ball to Adamolekun. The forward took a touch past the keeper and side-footed the ball into the net. Adamolekun almost doubled Lake Travis’ lead after his volley went wide 40 second after he scored.
The Cavaliers doubled their lead in the 33rd minute. The Del Valle defense blocked a volley by Alan Chapa; then he picked up the rebound, split two defenders, and his shot hit the bar. He recovered the ball again after it bounced off the bar, and his third shot was blocked by another Del Valle defender. The ball bounced to Fyfe who finally put the ball in the net after three blocked shots.
“I was just there to clean up,” Fyfe said. “I thought Chapa was going to score, but it came right to me, and I had no choice but to finish it.”
Del Valle scored off a corner a minute later after Will Neuse punched the ball clear and was bumped by a Cardinals player. The referee allowed the game to continue, and Del Valle shot the loose ball into the net.
Lake Travis held a 2-1 lead at halftime.
Adamolekun scored his second goal in the 52nd minute. Rafael Pease passed the ball to the forward, and Adamolekun dribbled by a Del Valle defender and past the keeper to give Lake Travis a 3-1.
“I think I did well with the two goals, but I could’ve had three or four,” Adamolekun said. “So I am trying to focus on scoring more.”
Del Valle scored quickly following Lake Travis’ goal after two Lake Travis defenders thought the ball was out, but a Cardinals player kept the ball in play and shot the ball past Neuse.
The Cardinals tied the game when the Lake Travis defense failed to clear out a cross in the 67th minute. The Cavaliers allowed their 3-1 lead to slip, and Del Valle scored a fourth goal in the 72nd minute to take the lead.
With Lake Travis needing a goal, the Del Valle keeper rammed into a Cavaliers player in the box after a cross. The head referee talked to his assistant, and then pointed to the spot to reward Lake Travis a penalty with 6:32 remaining. Dylan Travis converted the penalty, and the game ended tied at 4.
“I pick a side before [the shot] and stick with it,” Tracy said.
Lake Travis is off this week for spring break, and their next game is 7:45 Tuesday at Westlake.
District 15-5A boys soccer standings (through March 11)
W L SO Ties Points
Anderson 6 2 2 26
Lake Travis 5 3 3 26
Del Valle 6 3 1 25
Akins 6 5 0 24
Bowie 3 3 4 18
Westlake 3 4 3 17
Austin High 0 9 1 1