Liberty Hill loses in state championship

Liberty Hill lost in the state championship in its first season playing soccer.

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — In their first year playing boys soccer, Liberty Hill fell just short of winning the state title, losing to San Elizario 4-2 in the state championship game.

After the Panthers (22-6) tied the game with just over a minute left in the first half, the Eagles answered 37 seconds later and never relinquished the lead again.

San Elizario’s go-ahead goal came off a corner kick from Francis Ruiz that Abraham Escareno headed in with just 30 seconds left in the first half to regain the lead at 2-1.

The Eagles scored the first goal of the game 21 minutes into the first half on a 21-yard strike from Edwin Marquez. Liberty Hill goalkeeper Caleb Knight read the kick perfectly to get both hands on the ball, but he couldn’t stop its momentum as San Elizario (18-4-3) took a 1-0 lead.

Nearly 18 minutes later, Liberty Hill scored its only goal of the first half. Lucas Rizzotto had a header that clanked off the crossbar, but Felix Rusch was there for the rebound to score on the game-tying goal.

But the Panthers’ celebration was short lived with Escareno scoring less than a minute later.

In the second half, Ruiz extended the Eagles’ lead on an off-balance kick that ricocheted off the left upright for a 3-1.

San Elizario scored a fourth goal to put the game out of reach. Omar Perez scored the game’s final goal with less than four minutes left to bring the game to its final score of 4-2. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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