By Alex Byington
Killeen Daily Herald
Normally a defender, John Martel was a little hesitant to play offense when Shoemaker coach Greg Jordan asked the reserve if he wanted to sub in at midfielder late in a game against Salado.
Good thing he did. Martel chipped in the winning goal from a corner kick from Angel Jasso with 2:17 left to play as the Grey Wolves edged the upstart Eagles 3-2 at the Harker Heights soccer tournament Friday at Leo Buckley Stadium.
The victory, which gave Shoemaker seven points, moved them into the semifinals against Round Rock Stony Point at 9 a.m. today. Salado - in its first year as a program - took a 1-0 lead three minutes before halftime on a goal from Pablo Castelan, but the Grey Wolves answered with goals from Manuel Costa and Derek Anderson to lead 2-1 midway through the second half.
The Eagles tied it again with a goal from Brad Cosper with 11 minutes left before Martel found the back of the net with two minutes to spare.
Harker Heights 3, Killeen 0 - Angel Pulido and Mike McNamara bookended the first half with goals to notch the Knights' first win of the season, but it wasn't nearly enough as Heights (1-2) now plays Salado in the consolation championship for fifth place at 5 p.m. today.
Jordan Foster scored the Knights other goal three minutes into the second half on a corner kick.
Ellison 2, Georgetown East View 1 - At Georgetown, Ryan Stuckey and Bryan Myszka hooked up twice to give Ellison a win over East View at the Governor's Cup.
The Eagles (2-2-1) play Dripping Springs today at 1 p.m. in their final match of the tournament.
Stuckey scored the go-ahead goal on Myszka's assist in the 38th minute. Myszka found Stuckey behind the defense in the box and Stuckey won a 1-on-1 against the East View goalkeeper to score the winning goal.
East View led 1-0 after a 13th-minute goal but Ellison's duo equalized on a corner kick in the 29th minute.
Belton 2, Kingwood 0 - At Georgetown, Angel Hernandez scored twice as the Tigers won on the second day of the Georgetown Governor's Cup.
Hernandez scored his first goal on a free kick from 30 yards out, sending the ball into the top corner of the goal. His second came on a breakaway after Luke Villamaria found him on a deep-angle pass.
Belton (3-2) faces Round Rock McNeil today at 3 p.m.
Cy Fair 1, Belton 0 - At Katy, at one of the toughest soccer tournaments in the state this weekend, the Lady Tigers continue to hurt themselves. Cy Fair scored on a Belton missed clear with 1:37 left in the first half to hand the Lady Tigers (2-2-1) their second loss in as many days at the I-10 Shootout.
The Lady Tigers play either 2011 5A state semifinalist San Antonio Johnson or host Katy Seven Lakes today at 10:30 a.m. in their final match of the tournament.
Kerrville Tivy 3, Killeen 2 - At Copperas Cove, the Antlers scored the go-ahead goal in the final 12 minutes against Killeen and will face host Copperas Cove in the Lady Dawgs Classic Tourney.
Haley Crissman scored a tying goal for Killeen (3-3-1) early in the second hald, but Tivy scored the winning goal two minutes later on a Lady Roos' mistake.
Killeen led 1-0 at halftime when Miraim Rojas scored on a rebound 10 minutes into the first half. Rojas' goal came following a Nathali Perez missed direct kick.
Harker Heights 4, Salado 1 - At Copperas Cove, Bria Howard scored the first goal three minutes in and assisted on the third as the Lady Knights advanced to the third-place game of the Lady Dawgs Classic.
Finishing second in their bracket, Heights will play Killeen at 10 a.m. for third. Also adding goals for the Lady Knights (3-3) were Victoria Rebmann, Rachel Varley and Kaylee Kellam.
Kevin Posival and Nick Talbot contributed to this report.