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Just Call Th State 5A Boys Soccer Championships

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(Georgetown, Texas)-The 30-5A district runner-ups, the Sharyland Rattlers (31-3-3) are now the 2012 University Interscholastic League’s State 5A Boys Soccer Champions and they did it by defeating Katy Morton Ranch in a shootout 3-2 at Birkelbach Field in Georgetown. The win brings another state soccer title to South Texas since the Hidalgo Pirates captured the Class 4A state title in 2009 and Brownsville Porter won the last 5A state championship in 2006. The Rattlers struck first on junior forward Daniel Garcia’s right-footer to the far post on a gorgeous through-ball from Jose Olivarez with 28:19 left in the first half to give Sharyland a 1-0 lead. Katy Morton’s Omar Acosta, coming off a hat trick in Thursday’s state semifinal, countered Garcia’s strike with a shot from 40+ yards to the high center of the goal with 21:51 left in the first half to tied the game at 1-1. Acosta scored his fifth goal of the state tournament on a header to the far left post with 4:38 left in the first half. It was his 24th, and final, score of the season to give 2-1 Morton Ranch a slim lead. With time running out, Olivarez complemented his earlier assist with his own strike, this time for a booming blast inside the right post with 4:52 left in the second half. 2-2. In the shootout, the Mavericks scored on their first two attempts and led 2-0 with two rounds left before the Rattlers pitched a shutout. After a Mavericks miss, Olivarez answered for Sharyland’s first score in the shootout. Morton Ranch’s fol-

Sharyland Rattlers Defeat Katy Morton Ranch Mavericks in shootout to capture their firstever State 5A Title in School History. By Dennis Silva II, HSSM Sportswriter/Contributor

2012 State 5A Champions! The Sharyland Rattlers defeated Katy Morton Ranch in a shootout 3-2 to win the title. Pictured is senior Adrian Mejia going up against the Mavericks at Birkelbach Field, in Georgetown, Texas on Saturday. (HSSMImages/Mike De La Cruz)

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