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Lobos visit familiar foe Tyler Lee in next round of soccer playoffs

By Rick Kretzschmar rickk@news-journal.com
April 7, 2012 at 11 p.m.


A chance to make its longest trip down a playoff road awaits the Longview boys soccer team, but to make that journey, the path leads to a rival's field.

Longview's next playoff game will be a road game as the Lobos will play Tyler Lee at 7 p.m. Tuesday in a Class 5A Region II quarterfinal at Lee High School's Soccer Field, an on-campus venue. The time, date and site were determined on Saturday morning, with Wright losing a coin flip on whether the game would be played at Lee or Lobo Stadium.

Afterward, Longview head coach James Wright had a self-depreciating sense of humor about his bad luck.

"I should have let anybody else on the planet make that call," Wright said. "Margaret (his wife and assistant coach) asked if she should have gone. I should have let her do it."

Longview (16-3-6) advanced to the region quarterfinal round with a 2-1 win over Richardson in an area playoff on Friday at Forney. This ties the 2003 team for Longview's deepest playoff run.

Lee (14-6-5) advanced with a 3-2 upset of Richardson Berkner on Friday in Corsicana, knocking off a Berkner team which was 19-1-0 entering the area playoff and ranked No. 3 in the Powerade Fab 50 winter national rankings.

Longview and Lee split a pair of District 11-5A games this season. Lee won 2-1 on Feb. 21 in Tyler. Longview won 1-0 on March 27 in Longview in the regular-season finale for both teams, a game Longview needed to win in order to capture the 11-5A title. Lee finished third in 11-5A.

Longview is 10-32-8 against Lee all-time, but the bulk of the success for the Lobos has been recent. Longview is 9-3-0 against Lee since 2006.

"I feel pretty good about playing them. We know everything about them," Wright said.

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