Reagan Boys Head to Region IV-6A Football Finals

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With his teammates giving him plenty of early cushion, Reagan junior Sean Mattivi stayed locked in just in case.

Carefree.

The Rattlers built on a two-goal lead en route to a 6-0 victory over Laredo Alexander in a Region IV-6A semi-final on Friday at Comalander Stadium.

Mattivi handled a decent attack from Alexander deftly and even played a big shot in one of the Rattlers’ scores as he recorded a well-deserved clean sheet.

“I personally think I have the best backline I could ask for,” Mattivi said. “I really trust them and we trust each other.”

Aidan Phelan and Pato Tenorio gave the Rattlers a 2-0 lead in the opening seven minutes.

“If you can get that first goal, that’s huge, but sometimes it’s scary because you have so many games to play,” said Reagan coach Gilbert Villarreal. “So it’s something we want, but we have to be able to manage it.”

Mattivi triggered the Rattlers’ third goal after saving a fine header from a corner. Mattivi played the ball and Reagan launched a quick counterattack. Taking advantage of the numbers, the Rattlers used three passes to get to Andre Huereca, who scored 15 seconds after Mattivi was saved for a 3-0 lead with 28:43 to go until halftime.

“We try to focus on those transitional moments where possession changes and we try to unbalance the team,” Villarreal said. “We are advancing and penetrating as quickly as possible. And when you’re selfless like that, that’s good.

The Rattlers (20-3-3) added three in the second half with Tenorio scoring his second nine minutes. Reserves Jacob Perry and Chika John finished with scores in the final 15 minutes.

The Rattlers advance to the regional final for the first time since back-to-back appearances in 2018 and 2019. The Rattlers won in 2018 and lost to Alief Elsik in the national final.

Reagan will meet Austin Lake Travis — a 3-1 winner over Harlan in the other semifinal — at 3 p.m. Saturday at Comalander.

Lake Travis held off a determined Harlan team for the second straight time in the regional semifinals.

Ben Platt scored twice and Alex Bethke added a goal for the Cavaliers (21-3).

Platt opened the scoring 15 minutes into the game and it was equalized by Harlan’s Avery Richards 14 seconds later to level it at 1.

The score stayed that way until Bethke hammered in a spot-on rebound to make it 2-1 with 20:11 left in the second half.

Lake Travis increased their lead to 3-1 with a Platt penalty with 16:37 to go.

Harlan missed two big chances to take the lead when the ball flew dangerously past the Cavaliers goal. The Hawks missed two shots, one of which went just over the net 12 minutes from time.

“They just capitalized on the opportunities, that’s basically what it was,” said Harlan coach Beto Altilano, whose team held a 10-8 shooting advantage. “Both teams had chances and they put them aside – two more than us. It happens like that sometimes. »

The flow of play stabilized in the second half after the teams clashed in the first 40 minutes.

“We opened the game, and it was in waves,” Altilano said. “We had 15 minutes of good football and they had us on our heels. … In the second half it slowed down and obviously taking that lead helped them slow down.

“But, I’m proud of our guys and our effort and our seniors and the leadership and everything they’ve provided to this program.”

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