Excitement is building as the boys’ soccer team at Diamond Hill-Jarvis in Fort Worth is headed to a state championship.
It was a huge celebration Friday with one day to go until the big game against Boerne.
The Eagles are one win away from a historic championship and classmates and teachers cheered the team on with a final sendoff, as they walked the school halls and loaded into a bus.
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If the Eagles win, it will give Forth Worth ISD its first UIL soccer state title.
“It’s history in the making, going this far, the first time any Fort Worth soccer team has gone this far," said James Garcia, principal of Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School. "If we could go all the way, that would be awesome."
The team stopped for a quick lunch at The Capital Grille in Fort Worth before hitting the road again.
“We were just telling them inside how proud we were of them. Just sending the message that the hard work is worth it, on and off the field,” Head Coach Kyle Reopelle said.
“We’ve never had anything like this going on for any of us really. We come from, in some ways, a poor community. This is unbelievable,” soccer player Eduardo Lopez said.
The team faced challenges and persevered despite a pandemic, a winter snowstorm and practices that switched from in-person to online.
“You have to turn on your cameras, we’re doing the virtual workout, then suddenly, pop, pop, pop, the team members are in their homes, ready to go, ready to start working hard,” Reopelle said.
The team left The Capital Grille escorted by a Fort Worth police motorcade.
They’ll head to Georgetown in hopes of bringing home a historic win.
Diamond Hill-Jarvis plays Boerne on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Birkelbach Field in Georgetown.