Bulldog soccer celebrates new era
By Sandy Jennings BCC Contributor
When Bandera took on the Memorial Minutemen this past Wednesday, in district play, they knew they needed a win to secure a playoff birth. After holding Memorial to zero for the first half in a fierce battle, the Bulldogs were defeated 2-1, in the final minutes of the game.
Striker Bo Gibson scored Bandera's only goal. Memorial scored on a goalie 1 v 1, and a corner shot.
It was a bittersweet ending for senior and four-year letterman Brennan Aguirre.
"I would have liked to have ended this year at Bulldog stadium, where I started the year in football, but I'm happy for the new changes and for the legacy I was able to leave behind," Aguirre said.
Bandera soccer teams, who played their season at the middle school due to construction on the track, will see many new changes for next season, including a 3A District. From origination, the Bulldogs have competed against 4A and 5A schools. Bandera's 4A soccer district includes Brennan, Memorial, Medina Valley, Kennedy, Uvalde and Hawkins.
"The numbers have not been in our favor," Aguirre said. "Lack of subs hurts us when we're playing 5A schools with 30 kids on their bench."
The Bulldogs all agree that playing up has strengthened them as players.
"They (Bandera) will kick butt in their new district next year," Aguirre said. "We've already been playing at a higher level, playing some of the best 4-5A teams in south Texas, going back down to 3A, we will dominate."
Aguirre's legacy includes a separate athletic class for the soccer team, similar to many schools in the area.
"I started a petition to get an actual soccer period," Aguirre said. "I had 170 signatures when I took it to Mr. Bitzkie. He's (Bitzkie) working on it right now--he said it will happen."
According to Aguirre, creating a soccer period would alleviate overcrowding in the weight room and allow time on the field which is used by football during athletics.
"Besides the new class, I want to leave a fire under next year's team," Aguirre said. "They have the talent and ability to take it all the way!"
The Bulldog Junior Varsity battled Memorial in an intense tied game 1-1, until the final seconds when the Minutemen were able to slide one into the corner, beating Bandera 2-1.
Casey Baker scored the only goal for the Bulldogs.
Bandera traveled to Uvalde on Tuesday, for their final game.