THE WOODLANDS - John Tyler concluded the Kilt Cup with a 5-1 setback at the hands of tournament host The Woodlands on Saturday morning.
The game was 0-0 until the Highlanders scored twice in the final three minutes of the first half off defensive miscues. Three of The Woodlands' goals came off corner kicks.
The Lions trailed 4-0 before pulling one back when freshman Victor Leon scored on a free kick, JT’s third free kick goal of the weekend. The Lions had several chances at 0-0 and 5-1 but couldn't convert, coach Paakal Mendoza said.
I say it was a good experience," Mendoza said. "To get better you have to play good teams.
"We fought for every single minute. We also had several chances at the end but we just couldn’t complete them."
Mendoza noted the play of defender Daniel Gonzalez, who he played as the last man and performed well.
"He was really good," Mendoza said. "That kid was all over the place today."
John Tyler went 2-1 at the season-opening classic, beating Donna North 2-1 on Thursday and Houston Lamar 3-2 on Friday.
The Lions are back in tournament action next week in the Longview Tournament, where they'll play two of the top teams in East Texas. First up for JT is Kilgore at noon Thursday from Lobo Stadium. The Lions will also play against Lufkin and Forney.