The Timberwolves played two hard fought games on Thursday and Saturday to stay undefeated in HSC regular division play. Due to the result of the games Tomball gained their first regional ranking in program history coming it at #9 behind LSU in the region IV standings.
On Thursday night the defense of Tomball was stellar fending off HCC-CSE who’s only loss came against undefeated HCC-District. Tomball was put under pressure throughout the first half but would dominate possession in the second half , unfortunately the usual potent attack of the Timberwolves was unable to produce a goal. The game ended 0-0 leaving both teams in the playoff hunt.
Less than 48 hours later Tomball would have to face regionally ranked HCC-District who were also undefeated but ahead of LSC-T after the team’s Thursday night draw. The game was played at a high pace and end to end but Tomball was able to score 3 unanswered goals and clinch the HSC regular division championship for the first time since 2003.
Coach Tim Grove had the following to say after the game, “The boys gave a phenomenal effort this week and it paid off for them. We set three goals this season… to win the conference regular season championship, to achieve a ranking, and to make the National Tournament. Two of three have been realized, now we must keep concentration to achieve our ultimate objective. I am very proud to be associated with this group of players.”
The Timberwolves will take on rival LSC-North Harris in the semi-finals who they also faced last season at the same stage and defeated in a 20 player shootout after two overtimes. The game is Friday at Bayland Park at 7pm.
LSC-Tomball took on Houston Baptist University on Saturday and were able to defeat their opponent 6-0 in a home match for the Timberwolves.
The game got off to an intense start with both teams seeing their fair possession of the ball until Sergio Sanchez (Klein) was able to score the first goal of the match unassisted at the 15:35 mark. Ten minutes later Sanchez would hit a long shot from 25 yards out which the keeper would deflect but Juan Arrazola(Klein Collins) would touch it in making the score 2-0.The HBU keeper would hurt his wrist on the play and have to be substituted. Two minutes later after a save by captain Victor Martinez(Tomball), sophomore Derrick LaBroda (Klein Collins) would spring himself on a break away where he nutmegged the HBU replacement keeper. In the second half Tomball would put the game out of reach when freshman forward Luis Medina(Klein Collins) would beat two defenders and cross the ball which resulted in an own goal by HBU. The game would be finished out with two more goals off assists by Lionel Nixxon (Klein Oak) to Mark Kinyan (Kenya) and LaBroda respectively. Freshman keeper Antonio Salgado(Klein Oak) would make two key saves towards the end of the game to preserve the defensive shutout.
The Timberwolves are back in action Thursday night in an away match against HCC-South East.
The LSC-Tomball Timberwolves took on LSC-Kingwood and new head coach Marcia Oliviera.
Oliviera, a former NCAA Division 1 coach had her team organized from the beginning until Tomball freshman Eric Lara (Cy-Creek) was able to break down the defense with a through ball to fellow freshman Mark Kinyan (Kenya) who would slot the ball into the goal at the 9:45 mark.
The game would remain end to end as neither team could gain possession until Kingwood was able to score in the 33 minute directly off a corner kick. Six minutes later captain Darwin Lopez (Klein) would spring sophomore forward Derrick Labroda into a break away with a quick ball over the top which Labroda would finish and take the team to half time leading 2-1.
The Timberwolves took over immediately in the second half after Coach Grove put them in a high pressing situation from the kickoff which caused panic and enabled Kinyan to score a second off a pass from Nixon Lionixx (Jamaica). Eight minutes later the Jamaican would score off a beautiful bicycle kick from 17 yards out. In the 65th minute sophomore Adrian Reyes (Klein Oak) would score an unassisted goal and would follow that up with his brace off an assist from freshman Luis Medina (Klein Collins).
The Timberwolves outshot Kingwood 26-6 and remain in first place in the HSC Conference.
The Timberwolves opened their 2012 Fall season with a win Saturday against conference rival Lone Star College Montgomery.
The game got off to a quick start when Tomball freshman Kenyan recruit Mark Kinyan tapped in a low cross from Derick LaBroda off a counter attack at the 3:30 mark. The Timberwolves would dominate the first half but would be unable to score and go into the half leading 1-0.
In the second half Montgomery started off strong with several attacks in the first 10 minutes after Tomball made several substitutions. Coach Grove made several changes 15 minutes in and the team started to reassert their dominance but were unable to finish.
Erick Diaz would score off another cross by LaBroda at the 72:32 mark which gave LaBroda his second assist of the game. Two minutes later Labroda would score off an assist by Jamaican freshman Nixon Lionixx. Sergio Sanchez would would finish off the game in the 89th minute when he was taken down on a break away by the Montgomery keeper and was picked to take his own penalty.
Coach Tim Grove was satisfied with the performance but said the team still has a long way to go in order to reach their potential. “Obviously any time you win it’s a good thing, I was happy we got a clean sheet and that everyone was able to get involved today, but we should have put the game out of reach much earlier”.
The Timberwolves are back in action against Lone Star College Kingwood on Saturday at 2pm.
LSC-Tomball will play their first game of the season away at LSC-Montgomery. The Timberwolves defeated LSC-M 3-1 last season on their way to the Lone Star Conference finals.