The Lufkin boys' soccer team proved they can handle just about anything the playoffs can throw your way, after their regional quarterfinals game against Mt. Pleasant.
The Pack survived double overtime and extra penalty kicks, but it's all about preparing for the Regional Semifinal game against Wakeland now.
Wakeland is the only thing stopping this Lufkin squad from making school history. The Panthers are hoping to advance past this round for the first time.
Lufkin has never played Wakeland before, but compare them to teams they played in their former district and Mt. Pleasant.
“I think we can survive just about anything. I think that was one of our toughest games of the season against Mt. Pleasant, and I think if we can get through that, we can get through anybody,” said senior midfielder Cesar Camacho. “They play a lot alike. They get the ball to the sidelines and look up to the forwards to try and give them the ball. I think it's going to be a similar game to Mt. Pleasant.”
“This team is capable, very capable. They're very relaxed, very confident, and they're fun to be around.The other night it was very stressful, but they just handled it with ease. They left it all out on the field for sure,” said head coach Russell Shaw.
The Panthers game against Wakeland will be Friday at Carrollton ISD. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.