Andres Lua is going to need some new cleats. The Le Grand High senior will have another soccer game to play on Saturday.
The Bulldogs will play for a Northern California Regional Division IV championship after defeating No. 4 Williams 5-1 on Thursday evening.
Top-seeded Le Grand (18-1-2) will host No. 2 Leadership of San Francisco on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the championship game.
Lua finished the match against Williams wearing two different cleats after he ripped a gaping hole in one of his cleats in the second half. Lua finished with two goals to bring his season total to 40 goals.
"It's already taken care of," said Lua about the cleats. "I have another pair at the house."
Again a large crowd assembled to watch Le Grand continue their postseason run. They watched as the Bulldogs exploded for four goals in the second half to break open a 1-1 tie.
Francisco Flores gave Le Grand a brief 1-0 lead with a goal in the 32nd minute of the game.
Williams' Mauricio Morales answered six minute later when he scored on a cross pass from teammate Jesus Paiz.
Le Grand made some adjustments at the half, including moving Rodrigo Lua up to forward from the defense. That put the Lua cousins out front and it paid off.
"With me and my cousin out front, I think that changed the game," Rodrigo said.
Midway through the second half, Le Grand's Celestino Garcia launched a free kick into the box from midfield. Andres Lua headed the ball to Rodrigo, who sent a header into the net to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead.
"I ran down the center and I saw the ball go up," Rodrigo said. "I made eye contact with Andres and he centered the ball. The first thing that entered my mind was put it in the goal."
Andres says it's natural for him to work well with his cousin.
"Of course, he's my cousin. We've been playing together since we were little," Andres said. "You saw the chemistry out there today."
Andres then showed why he's one of the top scorers in the state.
The Bulldogs star ran down a long pass, by beating Williams defender Erik Ruiz to the ball and then firing in a shot from about 20 yards away to give Le Grand a 3-1 lead in the 65th minute.
Five minutes later, Andres beat two guys in the box and then softly delivered the ball into the corner of the net for a 4-1 lead.
Lua now ranks seventh in the state in goals scored. He's been on fire in the postseason, scoring nine goals in four games.
The speedy Hector Tejeda added another goal in the final seconds.
"As a freshman, to be able to play with this team has been a blessing," Tejeda said.
The Bulldogs are now just one win away from a NorCal championship.
"We've earned this opportunity," Tejeda said. "That's all I can say. We're here for a reason."