The St. Thomas Eagles’ boys soccer team has been a consistent TAPPS Division I contender in recent seasons, having made it to at least the state semifinals in three of the last four seasons. And with their performance so far this season, it would likely not be a huge surprise to see them back there again.
St. Thomas continued to excel last week, sweeping through the Castleberry Tournament in Fort Worth from Jan. 6-8. The Eagles went 5-0 to win the title while allowing just two goals in the process. St. Thomas is 13-3-2 on the season and had a final non-district tune-up against Houston Christian scheduled for Wednesday.
Freshman Alejandro Tello was the star of the tournament for the Eagles, scoring seven goals in five matches. He scored in each game, including multi-goal efforts against Celina on Jan. 7 and in the tournament championship match against South Hills on Saturday.
Ben Garcia, Evan Crosswait and John Brooks also scored in a 4-0 win against Lake Worth on Jan. 6, while Nico Gleason found the back of the net against Celina for the Eagles, who have won seven of their last eight matches.
Lutheran High North is back in action this week for its first match since returning from the holidays, and will travel to face Briarwood at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
On the public school front, the Heights Bulldogs went 0-3 at the Pearland/Pasadena Cup with losses to Goose Creek Memorial, Fort Bend Dulles and Dobie. They’ll look to rebound with a local battle against Waltrip on Tuesday.
The Rams were 0-2 last week, dropping a 2-1 decision to Bellaire on Jan. 3 and losing 4-1 against Clear Brook on Jan. 7.
The Heights Lady Bulldogs went 1-1-1 at the Waller Tournament last week, splitting a pair of games against Richmond Foster and Salado on Jan. 6 and Jan. 7 before playing to a scoreless draw against Fulshear on Jan. 8.
At the same tournament, the Waltrip Lady Rams went 1-1-1 with a 5-1 win against Brazosport on Jan. 8 after a scoreless tie against Needville and a 1-0 loss against host Waller.
Scarborough lost its season opener to Sterling 6-2 on Jan. 5 and will be back in action Saturday against La Grange.
On the private school side, the St. Pius X Lady Panthers beat Incarnate Word Academy 2-0 on Jan. 6. They were set to return to the pitch Tuesday against St. Agnes before traveling to the I-10 shootout that runs Thursday through Saturday.