McALLEN — Wins in the regional tournament don’t come easy. Even though Progreso has won seven matches in a row during the past four seasons, the Red Ants had to fight to advance over Taylor on Friday afternoon at McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Opportunities were few and far between, but with 16 minutes to play the ball rolled onto the foot of junior Omar Gomez who had a yawning net to shoot into.

Taylor’s defense and keeper misplayed a routine ball and Gomez was able to kick in the lone goal with ease. The Red Ants continue their season with a 1-0 win over the Ducks.

“After I put it in I was really relieved, but in the process, I was really ready,” Gomez said. “I had practiced this every practice basically. (Coach Margarito) Jimenez prepared me for this and I’m really glad he did because I would have been really sad.”

Gomez isn’t the team’s primary offensive target but he’s known for coming up big in key moments.

“At the beginning of the season I knew about this kid, he was up and coming from the middle school,” Jimenez said. “He hasn’t scored many goals but the ones he has have been very important; this is one of them.”

Progreso advances to their fourth Region IV championship in a row, they have won the previous three on the way to state.

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