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’07 Lions become best team in school history

The Lion soccer program has fielded many good teams through the years, but the ’07 squad made history on Tuesday night.
With its area playoff win over Midway, Lion soccer became the most successful team in school history.
Ennis last reached the area playoffs in 2000 and had accomplished the feat several times, but the Lions had been stopped at that point until now.
“It’s a great feeling to win the area round for the first time and I know the guys are proud of that,” said coach Alex Rendon.
The Lions had to overcome major adversity a couple of times this season; first when they went 0-3 as host of the Hwy 287 Classic with losses to McKinney, McKinney North and Highland Park. Ennis also endured a 2-4 stretch of district play with losses to Waxahachie, Terrell, Red Oak and Corsicana. Since a shootout road loss to Corsicana, the Lions have reeled off seven-straight wins.
“There’s no team better than McKinney (No. 1 in state rankings) out there and we’ve seen the best,” Rendon said.
“We didn’t play well then [in a 2-0 loss], but we’re a different team now and that experience will help us going forward.”
A primary reason for Ennis’ roll is the stellar play of scoring sensation Jovani Rangel, who delivered his twenty-fourth and twenty-fifth goals of the season against Midway.
“The best players in Ennis soccer history were guys like Gary Gilmore, Eric Garza and Peter Cummings,” Rendon said.
“Jovani has put himself alongside those players and he’s consistently improved from one year to the next, which has really benefited our team. He is simply in a zone right now, as are guys like Hugo [Rodriguez] and Ivan [Solis]. Our guys are leaving it all on the field.”
Ennis is only allowing approximately one goal per game this year, thanks in large part to the back line of Taylor Goodwin, Marco Patlan and Adam Moreno. Goalies Gerardo Rangel and Tim Mojica have also been consistent. On Tuesday, Goodwin was omnipresent against Midway forwards as he repeatedly thwarted their attacks.
“Our confidence keeps building, especially knowing that we’re the first Ennis team to get past the second round,” Goodwin said.
“It feels great to be a part of that.”
Jesus Vasquez scored Ennis’ final goal on Tuesday and he’s living in the moment as the Lions move into uncharted territory.
“It was tough just missing the playoffs in the past couple of years, so we’re trying to make the most of this season,” Vasquez said.
The offensively-gifted Rangel is playing as if every game could be his last in an Ennis uniform and that’s the truth of the matter if the Lions don’t keep winning.
“We’re playing well right now and making school history, but we’ve got to keep going,” the senior said.

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