SPRING BRANCH – After opening with a pair of ties in their first two matches at the Smithson Valley Ranger Soccer Classic, the Tivy Antlers finished up Saturday by blanking Class 6A New Braunfels, 1-0.
The stand-up goal was made by Rafael Rangel with an assist from Justin Miranda. Josh Shantz made six saves to preserve the shutout.
“Miranda crossed a ball across the box and Rangel ran it into the goal,” Tivy coach Reece Zunker said. “Our defense played good sound defense again and kept New Braunfels shut out. A shout out goes to our goal keeper who had an awesome tournament. Manny Hernandez has a motor that never stops, and Braden Green held the back line really well all weekend. I was so proud of our guys.”
Tivy’s first pair of tournament games came versus Austin Crockett and San Antonio MacArthur. The Antlers deadlocked 2-2 with Crockett, with Tivy’s goals coming from Hernandez and Will Robinson. Fernando Manzano had an assist in the match and Shantz made three saves.
In the tourney opener, Tivy (2-1-2) and MacArthur battled to a scoreless deadlock, with Shantz recording six saves.
Earlier in the week, the Antlers fell to Cibolo Steele, 2-1, in non-district road action Tuesday. Tivy’s lone goal came from Hernandez, while Shantz recorded seven saves in the net.
Tivy was scheduled to begin District 26-5A action Tuesday against Alamo Heights and will hit the road Friday to take on San Antonio Veterans Memorial.
In junior varsity play at the Ranger Tournament, Tivy beat San Antonio MacArthur, 2-1, on a pair of goals by Julian Bernal. Juan Pablo Rivera and Daniel Lopez both recorded assists in the contest.