By Jason Chlapek
Killeen Daily Herald
Prior to the Harker Heights boys soccer team's come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Round Rock Stony Point in the championship match of the T.J. Zimmer Memorial Tournament, the Knights held off a furious comeback attempt by Killeen in the semifinal round to claim a 2-1 victory against the Roos on Saturday morning at Harker Heights High School.
Richard Johnson and B.J. Hammonds scored in the 21st and 35th minutes, respectively, to give Heights a 2-0 lead, which would stand as the halftime score as well. Killeen got on the board in the 55th minute when Sal Rodriguez scored for the Roos.
Killeen had several chances to tie the match, but all opportunities were squandered by the Heights defense.
Stony Point beat Pflugerville, 2-1, in the other semifinal to send the Tigers into the championship match against Heights, and the Panthers into the third-place match to face Killeen.
The Roos were unable to capitalize on scoring opportunities in the third-place match as Pflugerville claimed the match, 2-0, at Shoemaker High School.
"A lot of our guys were tired from the Heights match, and we were missing some players who were at a band contest," said Killeen coach Sylvester Jallah. "We had our chances to score, but we couldn't finish."
Killeen (1-6-1) hasn't played an easy schedule so far. The Roos lost all four matches in the Temple Tournament last weekend. But Killeen did hold its own defensively as the Roos held their four opponents this weekend to five goals total with no team scoring more than twice against them.
Defenders Reynaldo Marshall and Alex Garcia were named to the all-tournament team.
"Playing against tough competition will help us in district, but we don't have a lot of depth," Jallah said. A lot of our guys play 80 minutes a match."
In Saturday's fifth-place match at Shoemaker, Ellison and Shoemaker battled to a scoreless tie, but the Eagles claimed the trophy by winning the shootout.
At Harker Heights, A.J. Tello scored the equalizer with 5:27 remaining and Ellison fought back from a late two-goal deficit to tie Harker Heights 2-2.
Heights, however, advanced with a 2-1 shootout win.
Tello scored first in the shootout, but the Eagles' next four shooters were turned away.
Silvester Harrison started the Ellison comeback with a goal with 8:45 remaining. Ivory Washington assisted. Keeper Hudson Diederich made some key saves that assisted in the rally.
Paul Kim assisted on the equalizer.
Later in the day, Ellison (2-2-2) gave up three second-half goals in a 3-0 loss to Pflugerville.