(Brownsville, Texas)-High School Sports Magazine’s Numero Uno, Brownsville Porter proved why they are the best team in South Texas on Friday night. The former two-time UIL State 5A Champions, Porter Cowboys (2006, 2016) fought back and held on as they defeated cross-town rivals, Brownsville Lopez High School on Friday night to win a share of the District 32-5A title.
The win did not come easy from the get-go as the Lopez Lobos took an early 1-0 in the first half with 35:35 left. Porter came back, scoring two goals to make it 2-1, all scores by midfielder Martin Gonzalez, includes a 35-yard shot to goal. The Lobos responded with a tying goal to make it 2-2 at the end of the first half with Lopez’s Ramon Zuniga tying the game.
The second half proved to be intense. With Porter taking a 3-2 lead with 24:00 minutes left to play, the Lobos started playing aggressively, leading to an altercation with 18:30 left. Fans watched as BISD administrators and the police took charge to the field and gained control. Afterall, this is what rivalry games are all about, intense.
The former 2004 UIL 4A State Soccer Champions, Lopez HS continued their onslaught, and tied the game with 6:01 left to play to make it 3-3. Porter head coach Jose Espitia called this game “El Classico”.
In PKs, the Cowboys outlasted the Lobos 5-4 in penalty kicks to win “El Classico” and a share of the District 32-5A title.
The top-ranked Cowboys (14-1-2) close out the regular season at 1 p.m. Monday against Donna High. The Lobos (14-2-1) travel to Donna North at 12:00 noon.