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Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2002 12:00 am

By ROSE YBARRA

The Brownsville Herald

Prior to Tuesdays regional quarterfinal game against Mission, Pace boys

soccer coach Jose A. Jimenez had just one wish.

I want to practice one more time on our field, he told Pace athletic

coordinator Rene Medrano.

Jimenez got his wish.

Pace took a 1-0 overtime win over the Eagles, thus earning a bid to the Region

IV tournament as well as that highly coveted extra practice session.

The Vikings also accomplished something that all the other 5A schools in

Brownsville had already done by reaching the regional tournament.

Pace takes on Victoria Memorial at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Blossom Athletic

Center in San Antonio.

Memorial stunned defending state champion Churchill, 3-2 on Monday in the

regional quarterfinals.

The Vikings practiced on their field Wednesday afternoon possibly for the last

time this season.

Pace was scheduled to depart for the Alamo City today.

It will be Paces fifth straight road game.

Pace played the District 32-5A season finale at San Benito, followed by

playoff jaunts to McAllen, Corpus Christi and Mission, respectively.

While playing on the road might faze some players, Pace goalkeeper Antonio

Zacarias enjoys the road trips.

Its been great beating all those team in their own home, Zacarias said.

The playoffs have been great.

We are taking it one game at a time but we are also playing every game like

its our last game.

Zacarias has been a key component to Paces success by nabbing 10 crucial

saves in the playoffs.

Hes responded every time he is challenged, Jimenez said.

Zacarias and Jimenez also credited the Viking defense for its contributions.

They keep the ball away from the net, Zacarias said.

Sophomore striker David Hinojosa kept Paces season alive with the game-winner

on Tuesday with his 28th goal of the season.

After a scoreless regulation, Hinojosa put a Mission defender off balance to

secure the victory.

I had to get it in, Hinojosa said.

David is our scoring machine, Jimenez said. Hes been a real surprise for

us.

Prior to Tuesdays regional quarterfinal game against Mission, Pace boys

soccer coach Jose A. Jimenez had just one wish.

I want to practice one more time on our field, he told Pace athletic

coordinator Rene Medrano.

Jimenez got his wish.

Pace took a 1-0 overtime win over the Eagles, thus earning a bid to the Region

IV tournament as well as that highly coveted extra practice session.

The Vikings also accomplished something that all the other 5A schools in

Brownsville had already done by reaching the regional tournament.

Pace takes on Victoria Memorial at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Blossom Athletic

Center in San Antonio.

Memorial stunned defending state champion Churchill, 3-2 on Monday in the

regional quarterfinals.

The Vikings practiced on their field Wednesday afternoon possibly for the last

time this season.

Pace was scheduled to depart for the Alamo City today.

It will be Paces fifth straight road game.

Pace played the District 32-5A season finale at San Benito, followed by

playoff jaunts to McAllen, Corpus Christi and Mission, respectively.

While playing on the road might faze some players, Pace goalkeeper Antonio

Zacarias enjoys the road trips.

Its been great beating all those team in their own home, Zacarias said.

The playoffs have been great.

We are taking it one game at a time but we are also playing every game like

its our last game.

Zacarias has been a key component to Paces success by nabbing 10 crucial

saves in the playoffs.

Hes responded every time he is challenged, Jimenez said.

Zacarias and Jimenez also credited the Viking defense for its contributions.

They keep the ball away from the net, Zacarias said.

Sophomore striker David Hinojosa kept Paces season alive with the game-winner

on Tuesday with his 28th goal of the season.

After a scoreless regulation, Hinojosa put a Mission defender off balance to

secure the victory.

I had to get it in, Hinojosa said.

David is our scoring machine, Jimenez said. Hes been a real surprise for

us.

I didnt expect him to do so well.

A year ago, virtually this same group of boys endured a disappointing season

that fell just short of making the playoffs.

Now, the team has made history at Pace.

This season more than makes up for the disappointments, Zacarias said.

Being part of this history is fantastic, Hinojosa said. I am happy and

proud of our season, but were not ready for the season to be over.

We will continue to take it one game at a time and play as a team.

Jimenez got one more practice, but is he satisfied?

I told coach Medrano that I want three more practices now, next week,

Jimenez said looking out at his field. Weve played at Tom Landry Stadium

(Mission), at Cabaniss Field in Corpus Christi and they are beautiful

facilities. But this is our home, we love it here, We wouldnt exchange it

for any other field in the world.

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