Sandcrabs Varsity Soccer clinches playoff berth

The 2019 Calhoun Sandcrabs Varsity Soccer made history becoming the first team in the program’s history to clinch a playoff berth. The Sandcrabs had a 9-4-3 record in the regular season ending the season as Bi-District Finalist. (Photo by Kellie Whitaker)

The Calhoun Sandcrabs Varsity Soccer clinched their first playoff berth in the program’s history, with a 4-3 win over Corpus Christi Moody in March 2019.

After last year’s 1-12 district record, the Sandcrabs finished with a 9-4-3 record to clinch third in the district.

Esequiel Quiralte, the Sandcrabs head coach, said this was a reward for all the hard work that his players had put in all season.

“The first week of August we talked about getting to the playoffs, we thought it was a dream back then, but it is a dream come true,” Quiralte said.

Jose Ledezma, the Sandcrabs Sophomore striker, led the Sandcrabs with two goals against Moody and was excited that his team clinched a playoff berth.

“It feels so good to be a sophomore making it to a playoff game with 18 goals, and probably more now,” Ledezma said.

Jose Perez, the Sandcrabs senior striker, played three years on the varsity, and he said he was speechless after clinching a playoff berth.

Moody attempted a comeback in the second half, making the score 4-3 heading into the final minutes.

Perez said whenever when Moody scored, he kept his team “up” and not “down.”

The Sandcrabs allowed three goals in the second half, but Wilfredo Alvarez, the Sandcrabs sophomore goalkeeper, prevented Moody from scoring in the final minutes of the game.

Alvarez said he was “proud” of his team making it to the playoffs.

“Since we started the program, we had a goal, and the goal was to make it to the playoffs, and we finally made it after five years,” Alvarez said.

In its first playoff matchup, the Sandcrabs took on Laredo-Martin in Bi-District.

Quiralte said the match was not going be easy, and he added that every team that was in the playoffs was a difficult opponent and a good team.

“If we’re there [in the playoffs], it is because we worked hard, and we are going to do our best next Friday and try to win it, but we have to be prepared,” Quiralte said at the time.

The Sandcrabs historic season came to an end in the Bi-District round against Laredo-Martin.