The boys’ Lake Travis footballers defeated Plano and won the state class 6A title

GEORGETOWN – Lake Travis did not secure their national football championship until the goalkeeper Adam Schantz wrote his fingerprints on the ball.

For the record, Lake Travis and Plano were tied 0-0 after regulation. After extra time, they equalized 0: 0. The Cavaliers won 4: 3 on penalty kicks, winning the 6A class championship Saturday night at Birkelbach Field.

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This was the game Lake Travis was supposed to win in regulation. The Cavaliers dominated the match and earned an 8: 2 lead in goal shots. Plano goalkeeper Henry Huffstetler was great all night and repeatedly blocked Cavalier’s shots that appeared in the back of the net.

But when it mattered most, it was Schantz who held the MVP trophy in the game.

In a match that never seemed to end, Plano played the first three penalty kicks. Lake Travis countered with three direct penalty kicks himself.

That’s when Schantz took over.

Lake Travis head coach David Bammel waves to the fans and carries the trophy of the boys' Class 6A football championship after the victory over Plan in Georgetown.  He won 4: 3 on penalty kicks.

With the scoreboard 3-3 ahead of him, Cavalier changed the outcome in the second year by firing a shot by Wildcat striker Aaron Myers.

Lake Travis took advantage of the break when Cavalier senior Alex Bethke, who pledged Mary Hardin-Baylor, attacked with a kick that stroked the right corner of the neck, giving the Cavs a 4-3 lead.

Plano’s last chance to win was thwarted when Schantz knocked down midfielder Diego Valer Zamora’s shot to the left.

Game over.

“I don’t crack under the pressure,” Schantz said. “I’ve been dreaming about this moment – blocking shots to win the championship – since I was 6 years old.”

Lake Travis has won the last 14 matches and ended the season 24-3.

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Lake Travis, however, felt frustrated because so many opportunities were missed. Overall, neither team scored in 100 minutes.

Lake Travis striker Alex Bethke celebrates after playing a penalty kick against Plano during the Class 6A boys' state championship in Georgetown.

In the second half, the 25-yard direct kick from midfielder Cavalier Ben Platt hit the crossbar and got out of the field with a carom. In front of Huffstetler, the shot of the older player of Lake Travis, David Arellan Vargas, bounced into his hands.

These heart-pulling moments only served to make the end sweeter, Bethke said.

“The game was perfect,” Bethke said. “I wouldn’t want it to turn out differently. But I thought we dominated the match.”

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