(April 23, 2013) -- With 40 minutes remaining in the state championship game, University goalkeeper Adrian Barragan shouted out, "put your left hand up if you believe." "Let's get this W one more time." And one more time they did, winning its first ever state title. But this Trojan team has always been about more than soccer, honoring West while at the state tournament.
"It's been real hectic this week as a whole, as an American and it really hurt us when we heard about West because Central Texas, it's 10 minutes away from Waco," said Barragan. "It's really touching but we dedicate this state title to West."
It's not only for us, it's for the community, for our coaches, for our fans, for everybody," said forward Eli Sanchez. "And a special shoutout for West Texas, we did this for them too."
"Since that tragedy happened in Boston and in West and everything that's happening right now," said forward Jon Lozano. "We always pray for them and always hope everything goes good for them."
There were the black arm bands and the signs. And even a mention when the season could have ended in the semifinals.
"We're up here playing soccer and we've been stressing there's more to life than playing soccer, there's more to life than them playing the game and all we really wanted to do was simply tell West that even though we're here playing, we support y'all and in the days and weeks and months to follow we're going to be there for them with whatever they need, said head coach Mike Chapman. "We're going to be there or whatever they need."