VIDOR — New boys 38-4A district leader Nederland actually padded its league lead Tuesday night but the Bulldogs just barely did so.
Nederland scored twice in the first half and withstood Vidor’s second half rally to edge the Pirates 2-1 at Vidor intermediate school’s field.
The Dogs of coach Torrey Gomez relied on goals by Trey Richard and Layne Smith to improve their league mark to 7-1 and move above the .500 overall mark for the first time all season.
Richard took an assist from Tanner Noel and made the night’s first goal with 8:20 left in the opening half. Smith followed with an unassisted goal with 1:43 left in the half.
Vidor answered with its lone goal 14 minutes into the second half.
“We played well and Vidor is a tough place to play,” Gomez said. “The guys were all business and stayed focused well.”
Vidor led in shots on goal, 8-7 and NHS junior keeper Brenden Babino delivered four outstanding saves to turn away Pirates rallies.
- LC-M boys 2, Port Neches-Groves 1
LITTLE CYPRESS — Port Neches-Groves traveled to the Bears Den and suffered its second straight 38-4A setback, falling 2-1 to Little Cypress-Mauriceville.
Senior Isaac Addison scored with about 12 minutes to play for the Indians’ lone goal after LC-M had jumped to a 2-0 halftime advantage.
The teams battled on even terms in shots on goal, 8-8.
PN-G hosts Vidor on The Reservation this Friday night at 7 p.m.
- La Porte boys 3, PA Memorial 2
Port Arthur jabbed away but could not convert second-half scoring opportunities on its own Memorial Stadium turf Tuesday night, sustaining a tough 21-5A league loss to La Porte.
Memorial (9-5-2 and 3-3) finished the first half of district play in a good spot to make the playoffs but the Titans would have ended the half in third place by winning this game.
La Porte led in shots on goal, 9-8, scoring with 27 minutes left in each half and 10 minutes left in the opening half. The Dogs owned a 2-1 halftime advantage.
Memorial answered with 21 minutes left in the opening half on a successful penalty kick by Ricardo Estupinan. Ruben Galvan scored the Titans’ second-half goal.
Senior keeper Antonio Briones collected seven saves for Memorial.
“They (La Porte) had an outstanding offensive player and we had to make some adjustments with him after halftime,” Titans coach Clint Hoverson said.