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HS: NEPS, NTXES standouts, results, Day 3

Article Written by Sheldon Shealer
Published: January 6, 2019

FLOWER MOUND, Texas -- As other teams started to hit the wall after playing three high-quality matches in 48 hours, Central Catholic (San Antonio, Texas) seemed to get stronger.

The private school favorite in Texas this year rallied from 1-0 down for a 3-1 victory over Downey (Calif.) to win its bracket Saturday morning, then capped the weekend with a stunning 3-0 late afternoon victory over Cathedral (Calif.) in the overall North Texas Elite Showcase title match.

Central Catholic entered the week ranked No. 20 in the FAB 50, but this team now will be in the FAB 50 No. 1 conversation after knocking off No. 23 Sam Houston (Texas), No. 1 Loyola (Calif.), Downey and No. 10 Cathedral in a 52-hour span.

While Jose Gallegos is a high-end talent who attracts a lot of attention, Central Catholic is far from a one-man show. Angel Bacho, Luis Jaen and Franco Querido all stepped up with goals during Saturday's two matches.

At the National Elite Prep Showcase, a nearby girls event, FAB 50 No. 3 Southlake Carroll (Texas), No. 36 Byron Nelson (Texas), No. 40 Carondelet (Calif.), No. 46 Ursuline Academy (Texas), regionally ranked Nolan Catholic (Texas), regionally ranked Harvard-Westlake (Calif.), Plano West (Texas) and [Liberty ca-w] (Calif.) finished the weekend undefeated. Teams played either three or four matches during the three-day event. No team went 4-0, Nolan Catholic went 3-0, Southlake Carroll and Plano West went 3-0-1 and Harvard-Westlake was 2-0-2. 

The most dramatic match of Saturday went to the NTXES Black Division championship match between St. Paul's (La.) and Cathedral (Calif.). Cal State Fullerton commit Dylan Robinson used his 6-foot-4 frame to head in the opening goal with Cathedral playing a man down. St. Paul's standout midfielder Conner Walmsley answered with a free kick from distance to even the schore at 1. During the first overtime session, Cathedral received a second red card and was forced to play two men short. The team hunkered down on defense, playing to get to penalties with leaving Robinson as the lone attacking player on the field. Late in the second overtime session, Cathedral keeper Adrian Munoz launched a long punt than bounced over a defender and right into Robinson's path. Robinson took a touch, used his body to fend off the center back and gain control of the ball, then scored to win the contest.

"We knew we had to fight hard to with only nine players, but we've been finding ways to win all year," Robinson said. "We were playing for penalties, but also knew (a long-ball counter) would be the only way we could score. The back, who had played a great game, made a bad play on the ball and the rest was up to me."



D/M Angel Bacho, Central Catholic (Texas), Sr.: Bacho already was receiving colelge attention and his play over the weekend likely increased the interest. He had a goal and three assists on Saturday. He scored a pair of set-piece goals during the tournament. 

F Dylan Robinson, Cathedral (Calif.), Sr.: The Cal State Fullerton commit turned in a dazzling performance Saturday morning, scoring the game's first goal then ending it with a sudden death breakaway to give Cathedral the division title. 

GK Ethan Shrewsberry, Lake Travis (Texas), Sr.: The senior keeper came up with two saves in the shootout as Lake Travis won a consolation match over Naaman Forest.

M Conner Walmsley, St. Paul's (La.), Sr.: One of only three returning starters for St. Paul's, he calmly converted a pressure-packed PK to lift the Wolves to a 1-0 victory.  


F Kylie Fournier, Rouse (Texas), Jr.: Fournier scored Rouse's two Saturday goals, giving her five over the last two days of the event.

F Naomi Jeter, Grapevine (Texas), Fr.: Several years ago, Grapevine had a freshman named Sophia Smith emerged as a major high school player while making her debut at NEPS. Now, Jeter appears to be folloing that lead. The freshman scored three goals in the team's 5-0 win over Clements.

F Megan Mirza, St. Agnes Academy (Texas), Sr.: The Colorado Mines commit scored twice in St. Agnes' win over Rouse.

M Mary Claire Stoelzing, Boerne Champion (Texas), Sr.: Boerne Champion entered NEPS as the top-ranked team in San Antonio and lost three games to start the season before pulling together for a 4-0 win over Trinity Christian. Stoelzing assisted in the first three goals of the match.

F Jaida Thomas, Bishop Lynch (Texas), Jr.: It's been impossible to keep Thomas off this list this week. The West Virginia-bound superstar scored two more goals Saturday, giving her xx for the event.

Jordyn Young, Carondelet (Calif.), So.: On a team with top-end senior talent, this sophomore delivered the offensive performance of the day with a goal and one assist in Carondelet's win over St. Thomas Aquinas.  


North Texas Elite Showcase


FAB 50 No. 20 Central Catholic (Texas) 3, FAB 50 No. 10 Cathedral (Calif.) 0. Goals: CC -- Franco Querido, Angel Bacho, Luis Jaen.

Red Division

FAB 50 No. 20 Central Catholic (Texas) 3, Downey (Calif.) 1. Goals: CC -- Jose Gallegos, Luis Jaen, Franco Querido; D -- Andy Alvarez.

FAB 50 No. 1 Loyola (Calif.) 2, FAB 50 No. 5 Marcus (Texas) 1. Goals: L -- n/a, Spencer Roberts. M -- William Pondeca.

FAB 50 No. 23 Sam Houston (Texas) 2, Jackson Prep (Miss.) 1. Goals: SH -- Jose Ortiz, Alexis Martinez; JP -- J.C. Polk. 

Lake Travis (Texas) 2, Naaman Forest (Texas) 1. Goals: LT -- John Rorer; NF -- Nahome Abraham. 

Black Division

FAB 50 No. 10 Cathedral (Calif.) 2, FAB 50 No. 29 St. Paul's (La.) 1 (OT). Goals: C - Dylan Robinson 2; SP - Conner Walmsley

FAB 50 No. 25 Coppell (Texas) 5, [San Antonio Lee tx-m] (Texas) 3. Goals: C -- Brandon Gast, 2, Joe Ruedi, Jacob Vasquez, Kaleb Razo; SAL -- Wilmar Aguilar 2, Francisco Segura.

FAB 50 No. 3 Grand Prairie (Texas) 6, San Angelo Central (Texas) 1. Goals: GP -- Jose Carranza 3, Luis Obregon, Baltazar Jimenez, Eduardo Rodriguez; SAC -- n/a.

McKinney Boyd (Texas) 1, Colleyville Heritage (Texas) 1. Goals: MB -- Roberto Gonzalez; CH -- n/a.

White Division

Midland (Texas) 1, Rockwall-Heath (Texas) 0.

W.T. White (Texas) 3, Amarillo (Texas) 2. Goals: WTW -- n/a; A -- Brandon Gilbert, Alek Olivas.

Abilene (Texas) 6, South Grand Prairie (Texas) 4. Goals: A -- Enock Gasore 2, Bernard Kamungo 2, Abram Estrada, Ray Mouloungui.

Plano Senior (Texas) vs. Round Rock (Texas)

Mansfield Lake Ridge (Texas) vs. Bridgeport (Texas)

Timber Creek (Texas) vs. Lewisville (Texas)


National Elite Prep Showcase

FAB 50 No. 3 Southlake Carroll (Texas) 1, Harvard-Westlake (Calif.) 1. Goals: SLC -- Hannah Khan (Madison Drenowatz); H-W -- Sophia Haynes  (Annabelle Heisel).

FAB 50 No. 36 Byron Nelson (Texas) 1, Santa Margarita (Calif.) 1. Goals: BN -- Mykenna Russo (Kennedy Dahlin); SM - n/a.

FAB 50 No. 39 Grapevine (Texas) 5, [Clements tx-w] (Texas) 0. Goals: G -- Naomi Jeter (Rhodes), Jeter (Margiotta), Nikki Romero (Wright), Romero, Jeter (Margiotta). 

FAB 50 No. 40 Carondelet (Calif.) 3, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) 0. Goals: C -- Jordyn Young (Elizabeth Ospeck), Annalise Giusto (Elizabeth Ospeck), Jordyn Young (Kiera Mullin).

FAB 50 No. 45 Bishop Lynch (Texas) 3, Odessa (Texas) 0. Goals: Jaida Thomas (Mallory Johnson), Thomas (Marianna Zevallos), Gabby Dunn.

FAB 50 No. 46 Ursuline Academy (Texas) 1, Round Rock (Texas) 1. Goals: UA -- n/a; RR -- Hannah Ager (Camryn Schmidt).

Vandegrift (Texas) 2, FAB 50 No. 18 Marcus (Texas) 0. Goals: V -- Lexi Spinetta (Liv Perez), Kaya Pehrson (Perez). 

Plano West (Texas) 1, [Liberty ca-w] (Calif.) 1. Goals: PW -- Iris Seamster; L -- n/a.

Nolan Catholic (Texas) 3, [Coronado tx-w] (Texas) 0. Goals: NC -- Paola Vazquez (Abby Geiser), Avery Hutka (Rachel Firestone and Geiser), Hutka (Geiser). 

St. Agnes Academy (Texas) 5, Rouse (Texas) 2. Goals: SAA -- Megan Mirza 2, Lauren Geczik, Leah Klenke, Anna Smaistrla; R -- Kylie Fournier 2.

Boerne Champion (Texas) 4, Trinity Christian Academy (Texas) 0. Goals: BC -- Braxten Barkley (Mary Claire Stoelzing), Katie Drawdy (Stoelzing), Kaitlin Moore (Stoelzing), Elle Shrader (Riley Burkey).

Cornerstone Christian (Texas) 2, [St. Stephen's Episcopal tx-w] (Texas) 1. Goals: CC -- Leslie Rios (Libby Welker), Clarissa Martinez (Madeline Espinoza). SSA -- Margaret Savage (Alexandra Weatherspoon).

Lake Travis (Texas) 3, Monterey (Texas) 1. Goals: LT -- Lily O’Connell (Jordyn Lewis), Alana Clark (Kendall Fain), Maia Courtois (Trinity Clark); M -- Ajacia Mojica. 

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