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Hawks down Eagles, advance in playoffs

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Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2019 11:52 am

A determined Our Lady of the Hills team stepped on to the soccer field at the Kerrville Athletic Complex Saturday afternoon knowing with a goal of making a run at the state championship, a feat not achieved by the Hawks in three years.

With that goal in mind, the Hawks (9-5) took their first step by dominating Katy Faith West in the first round of TAPPS Division III playoffs, sending the Eagles back to Houston with a 5-1 loss and earning the right to advance in post-season play.

Brian Casillas struck for a hat trick in the first half and popped OLH in front 3-0. Stephen Grocki assisted Casillas' on the first goal.

The Eagles eventually narrowed the gap to 3-1 right before halftime on a direct free kick that snuck by Hawks' goalie Hunter Taylor, who managed five saves in the game.

OLH had a direct free attempt of its own in the second half that was connected on by Stefan Sirianni. Christian Harris also scored to clip the Eagles' wings. In addition to their goals, Harris and Sirianni recorded assists for the Hawks.

"Our goal was to be in the playoffs, and be here at home and to have a game that was special for the seniors," said OLH coach Garrett Kull.

Those seniors are team captains Taylor, Harris, Mason Sirianni, and Wyatt Krause.

"Having a week of between games really allowed us to work on some areas we struggled with throughout the season and it came through today,” “Kull said. “From a coaching standpoint the team has become very flexible and I’ve been able to move players around to get the looks we’ve wanted."

Kull told his players that playoffs gives all teams a clean slate and encouraged each of his seniors to think of the legacy they want to leave behind.

"The message this past week was we were starting a new season. I challenged the seniors to take a look at what each of their legacies will be when they leave our program and to their credit they’ve helped lead this team," Kull said. "Anytime you get to play a playoff game at home is special. For the seniors, the team, and the fans, this was the last time this year we play at home and it’s special to leave with a victory.”

OLH will face Houston St. Episcopal on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at a time and place to be determined. The only known intangible is that the game will be played somewhere in the vicinity of the Saints' hometown.

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