Schuyler Boys, LL/RC Girls, Win Soccer Matches
The Schuyler Central High School boys and the Lincoln Lutheran/Raymond Central girls picked up victories at the Schuyler High School Soccer Complex on Tuesday, April 10. The Class B top ranked Schuyler boys won their match by a score of 4-1 to raise their season record to 8-0 while the girls dropped their match by the same score of 4-1 and saw their season record dip to 1-7.
Schuyler drew first blood against the LL/RC Warriors on a goal by Aldair Castorena with an assist from Naun Serrano in the 15th minute to grab a 1-0 lead. Castorena found himself six feet away from LL/RC goal keeper Evan Rich in front of the net. He booted the ball past the keeper and into the net.
The visitors came back just moments later and knotted the score at 1-1 when they kicked a ball from 20 yards out in front of the net that glanced off the fingertips of Schuyler goal keeper Juan Gonzalez who had leaped high into the air.
Castorena put Schuyler back on top less than two minutes later when he connected on an unassisted goal in the 26th minute to give the Warriors a 2-1 halftime lead.
The second half belonged to the hometown Warriors as their offensive pressure slowed down the LL/RC attack after the break.
Gregario Ramon scored for SCHS with an assist from Pedro Juarez in the 57th minute and Castorena scored his second unassisted goal and third total goal of the contest in the 76th minute to shut the door on the visiting Warriors.
“I thought that was our best match of the season” commented Schuyler Central head coach Lyndon Beebe. “We played our game against a quality opponent. Lutheran did some really nice things today that tested us.”
Gonzalez was stellar in the net once again, playing behind a stout Schuyler defense. He made four saves for the Warriors while picking up the victory in the net.
With big games coming up, coach Beebe commented, “We needed to play at that speed and tempo not only to win this game but to help us get ready for some really good teams that we’ll see soon.”
The SCHS Lady Warriors showed aggressiveness and strength in their match that have been missing at times thus far this season. They were slow off the starting line once again as LL/RC scored two early goals in the 8th minute and again in the 12th minute but they then settled down and did not allow the visitors to score again the remainder of the first half.
Schuyler Central head coach Clarissa Dunn felt that the first two goals that LL/RC scored were a result of some bad luck. “We actually scored those two goals on ourselves trying to block their shots on goal. They both ricocheted off our defenders and back past our goalie where she could not stop them.”
In an attempt to shake some things up in the second half, coach Dunn made some moves. “We tried to move a few people from defense into offensive positions to help us push our attack but, with that, comes a major change in our defense so we need to adjust a few things.”
Four minutes into the second half, Schuyler picked up their goal on a penalty kick by Iliana Hernandez after a hand ball by LL/RC. The kick sailed true over the head of goalkeeper Kassidy Johnson and SCHS was right back in contention trailing by only 2-1.
Unfortunately for the hosts, Schuyler Central was held scoreless for the final 35 minutes of the match while LL/RC scored goals in the 47th and 54 minutes to put the game away at 4-1.
Bethany Black started between the pipes for the Lady Warriors. According to coach Dunn, “Bethany had six saves for us but she also allowed the four goals. Leslie DeArcos came in for us in the second half and had six saves and didn’t allow them to score another goal.”
Coach Dunn also spoke of her offensive leaders. “We had 11 shots on goal and Haylee Korth and Regan Folda could be considered the two that led our attack today. Reagan did a good job of controlling the ball in the middle again and trying to work the ball around to our forwards while Haylee tried to use her speed to blow by the defenders and make things happen.”
Both the boys and girls competed in the Central Conference soccer tournament last Thursday and Saturday.