Eagle Staff Writer

ROUND ROCK -- Brenham's Estarlin Pereira-Celis made a long run, dodged hurdles along the way and finished brilliantly.

Now his Cubs will try to do the same to complete their season.

Pereira-Celis had a spectacular goal and assisted on another in Brenham's 2-0 victory over The Colony on Friday in the Class 4A semifinals. Brenham (23-2-2) will face El Paso Del Valle (26-3-3) in the championship match at 6 p.m. Saturday at Round Rock ISD Stadium.

Del Valle beat Cedar Park Vista Ridge 1-0 in overtime in the other semifinal match. Vista Ridge ended its season at 20-4-2.

Brenham senior Michael Moore, who missed the regional championship victory over Nacogdoches due to a liver infection, wasted little time giving the Cubs the lead with his 20th goal of the season.

Pereira-Celis stole the ball at the left corner of the box and quickly passed to Moore. Lunging with his right foot, Moore sent a volley into the lower right corner of the net with 37:26 left in the first half to give Brenham a 1-0 lead.

"That's Michael right there," Brenham coach Erik Lane said. "Estarlin is going to the end line, and Michael is going to the middle. I mean, he's screaming for that goal."

Pereira-Celis led Moore with the pass but kept it in range of the Cubs' forward.

"He placed the ball a little in front of me, and I had to reach for it and hit it with my toe," said Moore, who rested more than usual because of his recent illness. "It rolled in the goal. It was the best ugly goal I've ever seen."

Pereira-Celis' goal was a thing of beauty.

The junior spun away from The Colony's Destin Williams, who defended him well for most of the day but fell to the ground on this play. Pereira-Celis then had a free run down the right sideline until senior defender Kristofer Oberascher tried to stop him. Pereira-Celis stepped sharply inside Oberascher and blasted Brenham's second goal, sending the shot with his left foot just inside the right goal post with 19:24 left in the first half.

"I don't know what happened," Pereira-Celis said. "The defender was right on me. I really don't know how I got past him."

"I don't know what happened," Pereira-Celis said. "The defender was right on me. I really don't know how I got past him."

After making his move past Oberascher, Pereira-Celis had a chance to pass to Will Betts to his left but instead planted the shot himself.

"Will Betts made a great run on the back side, and that froze the sweeper," Lane said. "When Estarlin got to the top of the box, the sweeper dropped too far, and he just pounded it to the top post."

The two early goals gave junior Chase Michalak and the Brenham defense all the cushion it would need.

Michalak marked The Colony's top goal-scorer, senior Jason Guehler, who entered the state tournament with 44 goals but had nothing easy Friday.

"Chase was brilliant on Jason Guehler," Lane said. "I don't know if he had a shot the whole time."

Guehler eventually gave The Colony its best shot at a goal with a well-placed corner kick. Williams headed the ball at Brenham's goal, but it hit the left post.

The Colony Cougars, who finished third from District 14-4A, ended their season at 16-6-4.

The Cubs had a chance to add a third goal before halftime. Betts nudged a header to Zach Gore, whose shot across the goal was wide right and grabbed by The Colony goalkeeper Alex Akrawi.

With 16 minutes left in the game, Brenham got another chance in front of the The Colony's goal. Akrawi grabbed Irving Lopez's header, after touches by Tanner Schmidt and Bryan Kroll.

Against a Brenham defense that seldom was out of position, The Colony could not take advantage of their limited opportunities. Guehler's teammates could not reach his centering passes. A long corner kick fell on to the foot of Rojo Montanez, but he couldn't hit it solidly. With 5 minutes left, Eden Hernandez got a clear shot, but Brenham junior goalkeeper Cameron Wren easily grabbed it at chest level with his arms extended.

The Colony did not have a shot on goal in the opening half.

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