Monday, July 22, 2019
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LADY-RATTLERS-SOCCER-SHIELDThere are some nights when an athlete is feeling it, playing with an unstoppable rhythm that causes jaws to drop as the crowd stares in disbelief of what they’re witnessing.

Sharyland’s Alonso Gonzalez had himself one of those nights on the road against a rival as the junior forward scored seven straight goals to lead the Rattlers to a 10-0 win over the Pioneer Diamondbacks on Tuesday night at Pioneer High School.

“It’s just one of those nights and I guess it was his night,” said Sharyland Head Coach Rev Hernandez, who was in disbelief himself. “He scored the first seven, and I know as a forward you got to score, but today, he probably outdid himself.”

Gonzalez caused problems for the Diamondback defense from the first minute as the junior’s awareness, instinct and athleticism couldn’t be denied. To make his seven goal performance even more astonishing, it was the first time Gonzalez has scored in a match all season.

“I hadn’t scored all season, but when I score the first goal, that’s where I start to get momentum, so I kind of knew I was going to score two or three, but never seven,” Gonzalez said with a smile on his face. “I’m feeling proud and I’m feeling hopeful of what this team can do. I’m proud of all my teammates for always being there for me and I hope we can do something big this year.”

Sharyland scored in every way imaginable using headers, shots from long distance and precision passes to pull out the 10-0 victory that also saw Aldo Rosales, Marcelo Garza and Luis Delgado get in on the scoring action.

“We just came out with a strong mentality,” Hernandez said after the win. “Pioneer is an excellent team, it just happened that they had a bad game today and we had a good one, it’s a combination of both.”

The Rattlers improved to 3-0 in 31-5A with the win and are in position to lead the race for a district championship, but they know that’s a long ways away. The addition of PSJA Memorial, PSJA Southwest and Palmview will make District 31-5A one of the Valley’s most interesting to watch.

“I see the district very even; this is just the beginning, but tonight just happened to be our night,” Hernandez said.

Sharyland has one of the most talented rosters in 31-5A, but that talent comes from the hard work off the field where the Rattlers players push each other to be better soccer players.

“I think what helps us out is our team has a really good bond and we have a lot of competition inside the team, like in practice we’re always trying to get better,” Gonzalez said. “There’s always a guy on the bench that you know if you don’t practice your best, he’s going to take your spot. You’re always fighting for that starting position and I think that’s why we have a really good team, because the sub that comes in for you can play just as good or even better.”

While the 10-0 shutout of a crosstown rival was impressive, the Rattlers have been getting it done on the defensive end. Sharyland and goalkeeper Gabriel Tamez have held now held their first three district opponents scoreless after beating Palmview 2-0 and Roma 3-0.

“I think we haven’t been known to be this huge opponent, but finally we can come off as a strong team,” Gonzalez said. “I’m hoping this gives us momentum for the rest of our games and we play like this for the rest of the season, hopefully.”

Next up for the Sharyland Rattlers is a home match against the Rio Grande City Rattlers at 8 p.m. on Friday, February 8 at Sharyland High School.