Warriors thump Aurora in conference tournament
The only thing that could have slowed down the Schuyler Central High School Warriors soccer team this past week came in the form of a mid-April Nebraska blizzard that wiped out the semi-final and final matches of the Central Conference soccer tournament.
The-high flying Warriors settled for a 4-1 first round victory on Thursday over the visiting Aurora Huskies at the Schuyler Central High School soccer complex to move their season record to a perfect 9-0 while Aurora fell to 1-5.
The two teams met in the season opener in Schuyler on March 15th in a match that saw a similar result with the host Warriors coming out on top by a score of 3-0.
Schuyler Central took the early lead in this affair in the 6th minute on a header by Jorge Ortega with an assist from Tychique Kutalu. In the 17th minute Gregorio Ramon fought his way through the middle of the Aurora defense and scored from five yards out with an unassisted goal making it 2-0 in favor of the Warriors.
Schuyler’s aggressive and physical play continued to confound the Huskies for much of the opening half. In the 30th minute Ortega picked up his second goal of the match, this time unassisted, as he slipped the ball just past the keeper from the left side of the goal.
Aurora finally cracked into the scoring column in the 38th minute when Grant Moody kicked in a goal from about 15 yards out in front of the goal. The ball glanced off the outstretched hands of Schuyler goal keeper Juan Gonzalez as he leapt high into the air in front of the goal. The teams entered the halftime break with the Warriors ahead 3-1.
“I thought our first 25 minutes was really good,” remarked Schuyler Central head coach Lyndon Beebe. “We let down after that and didn’t work as hard as we needed.”
In the first minute of the second half Aldair Castorena scored an unassisted goal putting Schuyler ahead 4-1 and giving them their final margin of victory. Schuyler has made it a habit of coming out strong in the second half of their matches this season. The quick goal by Castorena was all the Warriors needed to win their ninth straight match of the season.
Beebe commented after the match, “It was a good solid game and a good way to start off the tournament.”
The Warriors, ranked number one by the Lincoln Journal Star in Class B in the state of Nebraska, were hoping for a conference title to add to their list of successes this season but Mother Nature eliminated that hope in impressive fashion.
Schuyler entertained conference foe Grand Island Northwest in their only match of the week this past Tuesday.