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Tomball Soccer Beats PNG in PKs; Advances To 1st Regional Final

The Lady Cougars clinched their first-ever trip to the regional final Vype

After 100 scoreless minutes, Tomball girls soccer (22-0-5) prevailed 0-0 (4-1 in shootout) in the 5A Region III semifinal match against Port Neches-Groves (23-4-3). VYPE Player of the Game Priscella Caruso kept the Indians in check with her saves throughout the game.

"The kid's a sophomore," said Tomball head coach Martha Freisleben. "The kid can't even drive a car yet. Not even 16 yet, and she's in there winning games for us in 5A, so I can't say enough about her."

The low-scoring affair didn't have a lot of goal opportunities until late. Tomball had the teams' best shot in the final minute of regulation, but Port Neches-Groves' goalkeeper Libbie Lejeune made a key save to keep the game scoreless.

Caruso kept the Cougars on track, blocking a Port Neches-Groves' attack in the first overtime.

Because Tomball had the momentum heading into penalty kicks, it wasn't a suprise when it ran away with it. Elaine Griffin was the first Cougar to line up, and flew the ball past Lejeune for the first goal of the game. It set up her team's 4-1 spurt.

With the victory, the Lady Cougars clinched their first-ever trip to the regional final. They will take on the Kingwood Park/Cedar Park winner at Humble ISD's George Turner Stadium, starting at 11am on Saturday.

"We didn't have the best first half [today], so we know what we need to do to have a better game [tomorrow]," said Griffin.

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With a nod to Charles Dickens, October is the best of times (Astros) and the worst of times (Texans and Rockets) for Houston sports fans. At least this October.

October is the one month when all three of Houston’s major sports teams are guaranteed to be in full swing at the same time. It’s possible, if the Astros make the World Series that November will have all three teams in action, too. But let’s not jinx things.

The Astros start their playoff run Tuesday on TBS. Since the Yankees also play that day, also on TBS, we can assume the Astros will get the daytime slot, the Yankees in prime time. Now before Astros fans start screaming east coast bias, it really only applies to TV. Fun fact: no New York Met has ever won an MVP Award, and only one Yankee has won it in the past 37 years – Alex Rodriguez in 2005 and 2007. How’d that work out for him? Most important, a New York team has won the World Series only once in the past two decades – the Yankees in 2009.

The Astros could play as many as 15 more games in October, five in the Division Series, seven in the League Championship Series and three in the World Series before the calendar flips to November.

Meanwhile, the Texans plod on with three more games in October, and the Rockets have 11.

The winless Texans are at home against the Titans at NRG Stadium, on the road against the Jaguars and Raiders.

The Rockets, coming off the worst record in the NBA last season, have three games at home at Toyota Center and eight on the road.

This presents a problem of abundance, an embarrassment of riches, for Houston sports junkies. Who are you going to watch on TV? Which team will you pay to watch in person? Who are you rooting for the most? Whose jersey will you buy?

David Puddy is right, you “gotta support the team,” but who will own Houston this month?

What to do? If it’s true that nothing succeeds like success, and everybody loves a winner – it’s an obvious choice.

The Astros.

The Astros just completed their regular season with 106 wins, second most in franchise history, another American League West title, the best record in the American League and will have home field advantage throughout the AL playoffs. Even though fans had high hopes for the Astros entering 2022, the team smashed everybody’s expectations. Vegas put the Astros over/under wins at 92 games. The Astros seemingly flew by that number during spring training.

They are the first team in American League history to win 100 games in four of their last five full seasons. Not even Babe Ruth’s Yankees of the 1920s and 1930s did that. This core of Astros has won five of the last six American League West titles. They’ve played in three of the last five World Series. This is a dynasty right before our eyes. We’re witness to greatness. How ‘bout them Astros?

What a season it was. Who could have figured that 39-year-old Justin Verlander, out of action for two seasons after Tommy John surgery, would have a career year, a ridiculously skinny earned run average and the overwhelming pick for the Cy Young Award? Jose Altuve would return to a .300 batting average, Cristian Javier would lead the team in strikeouts, Yordan Alvarez would finish No. 2 between Aaron Judge and Mike Trout in OPS, and rookie Jeremy Pena would slug 22 home runs, the same number as Carlos Correa? Remember last offseason and cries of “pay the man!” Some of a team’s best deals are the ones they don’t make.

Strap yourself in for an October to remember. The storylines are endless. There’s bad blood between the Astros and the Yankees, between the Astros and Dodgers, between the Astros and boo birds in every stadium not named Minute Maid Park.

It’s going to be fun.

As for the Texans, Deshaun Watson returns to action Nov. 4 against the Texans here at NRG Stadium. And we’ll catch up with the Rockets when the NBA season starts for real on Christmas Day. But until then … play ball!

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