Gators’ run comes to an end in second round

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Spring Creek’s impressive season came to an end on Saturday with a 4-1 loss at Dixon in the second round of the 2A state playoffs.

The Gators proved to be one of the best teams in the state for 2A soccer, sporting an overall 18-4 record and finishing with a 9-3 conference record. Their three regular season losses came from the two teams they tied for first with in the East Central Conference: Wallace-Rose Hill and James Kenan. Despite being tied for first, having those three losses meant that they lost the tiebreaker and were awarded the No. 21 seed in the playoff bracket.

Spring Creek kicked off its playoff run traveling to Durham in a battle with the Durham School of Arts. The match had no shortage of offense as five goals were scored in the first half between both squads. Spring Creek trailed 3-2 at the half, but a huge second half was posted by the Gators in which they outscored the Durham School of the Arts 3-1 to propel them into the second round, winning 5-4.

On Saturday, the Gators were tasked with facing the Bulldogs of Dixon, a team that currently only has one loss on the season. Dixon jumped on the Gators quickly, scoring three goals in the first half and holding the Gators to none. Spring Creek played an all-around better second half, limiting the Bulldogs to one goal while picking up their first in the match, but the usual high-powered offense of Spring Creek was held quiet for the rest of the match, ending Spring Creek’s run with an 18-4 record.

Spring Creek scored a total of 87 goals this season with the help of some outstanding upperclassmen. Senior Jose Reynaga led the Gators with 21 goals. Fellow senior Kevin Avila finished with 20 and junior Josue Sanchez Inestroza finished with 18. Avila also led the team with 28 assists this season, which was best in the conference. The three aforementioned players all finished in the top five in the conference for goals scored.

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