Michael Kelly scored twice and the Patterson Middle School Cavaliers won the program’s first seventh-grade boys soccer championship with a 2-0 victory over the Union Grove Grizzlies on Saturday at Killeen High School.
Quinlan McKinney and Domingo Ortega led the shutout for the Cavaliers, who were playing the Grizzlies for the second time in a week.
Evan Ernst, Alex Quiroz and Michael Berrios were defensive standouts for Union Grove (4-2-1), whose only two losses were against Patterson, led the Grizzly defense.
PATTERSON 7TH 5, AUDIE MURPHY 7TH 3: Kelly scored three times and the Cavs shut out the Falcons in the second half after trailing 3-2 at intermission in the semifinals.
Alex Fernandez scored twice for Patterson.
UNION GROVE 7TH 4, NOLAN 7TH 2: Joseph Ahn tallied a hat trick in the Grizzlies’ win over Nolan.
Josh Liddell also scored for Union Grove.
Evan Ernst, Alex Quiroz and Michael Berrios led the Grizzly defense.
PATTERSON 8TH 3, SALADO 8TH 0: Bradley Watson scored on a nifty feed from Jonathan Dilam to open the scoring and the Cavalier eighth-graders gave Patterson a sweep of the Killeen ISD boys soccer titles.
After halftime, Jose Llerena scored off a corner kick, extending Patterson’s lead to 2-0.
Alex Loeffler capped the scoring, converting after Josue Colon sent a ball across the 18-yard box.
SALADO 8TH 2, UNION GROVE 8TH 1: After playing to a 1-1 draw in regulation, the Eagles handed Union Grove its only blemish of the season, winning on penalty kicks.
Mark Levin scored for the Grizzlies (5-1). Jack Byse, Quintin Howard, Daniel Goldberg and Derrick Mandell led the Union Grove defense.
PATTERSON 8TH 3, EASTERN HILLS 8TH 2: Colon, Kenoah Bragg and Llerena each scored first-half goals and the Cavaliers held on to advance to the championship game.
The Panthers stormed back with two goals in the second half, but couldn’t get the equalizer.
PATTERSON 8TH 2, MANOR 8TH 1: Nicholas Dawson scored on a last-minute header off a corner kick from Phillip Saucedo and the Cavaliers avoided a penalty-kick shootout to advance to the semifinals.
Saucedo scored Patterson’s first goal in the first half to give the Cavs a 1-0 lead.
UNION GROVE 7TH 5, SALADO 7TH 2: Nora Heely scored twice and the Grizzlies won the seventh-grade championship.
Emily Blakeney, Evi Romero and Mackenzie Mansell also scored for Union Grove.
The defense was led by Clarissa Rodriguez, Linzie Baker, Damaris Ayala, Abigail Laitano, Kanaiya Blackmon, Analese Villa and Reese Wilson.
UNION GROVE 7TH 5, NOLAN 7TH 0: Mansell had a hat trick and two assists in the Grizzlies’ semifinal victory.
Evi Romero added two goals and two assists.
UNION GROVE 8TH 2, MANOR 8TH 0: Aaliyah Hatton and Waverly Hairston scored in the Grizzlies’ tourney-opening victory.
The clean sheet was led by great defense from Gloria Kim, Claire Rodriguez, Jasmine Crutcher, Caitlin Whiteley and Dezaraye Brown.
The Grizzlies battled a tough Salado squad in the semifinals and came up short.
Patterson wins 7th-grade team tennis title
Trinity Carter and Syiera Haywood won the Killeen ISD seventh-grade girls doubles bracket, helping Patterson win the seventh-grade team championship Saturday.
Patterson scored 34 points. Eastern Hills (24) and Union Grove (17), were second and third, respectively.
Carter and Haywood dominated their first two matches, winning 6-2 and 8-4. In the finals match against Liberty Hill, Carter and Haywood had an early lead, but the match quickly became a nail-biter as the Lady Lion duo battled back to forge a 7-7 tie. But Carter and Haywood buckled down to secure the final two games and win 9-7.
Simone Webley and Camiela Ortiz also contributed team points by winning their first match 6-3 before falling 8-4 in the semifinals. Raina Fegurgur and Aaliyah Davis lost a 6-5 thriller.
Top-seeded Natalie Penman defeated three opponents in girls singles to secure second place. Penman shut out her first two opponents 6-0. She won her semifinal match 8-5.
Also scoring points for the seventh-grade team were Livyahna Alvarado, who won her first match 6-2; and Sonialys Agosto, who won her first match 6-0 and her quarterfinal match 6-1.
On the boys side, singles player Isaac Camacho contributed five points for the Cavaliers before falling to the eventual champion 8-6.
Ivory Washington, Jan Fontanez and John Knepler also played for Patterson
In eighth-grade girls singles, Deidra Body won her first two matches 6-0 and 6-1, against Manor and Palo Alto, respectively. She was finally beaten in the semifinals, 8-2, by Audie Murphy star Lele Kinere.
Natalie Harris and Inaya White also played singles for Patterson. Kimori Leggett and Jazzmin Suter took the court in doubles.
The Cavaliers’ Brenden Mitchell dropped a 6-5 thriller in the first round of eighth-grade boys singles. Jacob Bauer also played for Patterson
Led by Kinere, Audie Murphy racked up 58 points to run away with the eighth-grade team title. Liberty Hill was the runner-up with 29 points. Palo Alto (20) placed third.
Union Grove’s Yazan Chtay won three matches, including an 8-0 victory in the final, to win the Killeen ISD seventh-grade boys singles championship.
Chtay finished the season unbeaten.
Eighth-grader Jeffrey Tran gave the Grizzlies a sweep of the boys singles championships. He won four matches and also won his final 8-0.
Union Grove also got outstanding efforts from Nhur Fernandez, Reagan Quinn and Serenity Hoffman in seventh-grade girls competition.
Cassidy Melvin and Grace Constantian played close matches in the eighth-grade girls singles tournament before losing. Jaylin Rawls represented the Grizzlies in the eighth-grade boys singles tournament but also fell in a close match.