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March 21, 2013

Area prep roundup: Murray County soccer earns sweep

Murray County High School’s girls soccer team had an offensive breakthrough near the end of the first half of Wednesday’s Region 7-2A matchup at Chattooga.

They carried it through to the second half for a 4-1 victory that kept them high in the region standings.

Cheyenne Sancho and Raven Henry each scored twice for Murray County (6-3, 6-1), while Nayeli Jacobo had a pair of assists. Elizabeth Lara also set up a goal.

Sancho’s first goal came with a little less than 10 minutes to play before halftime, and Henry followed through with her first score a little more than a minute later.

Sancho scored again 12 minutes into the second half. Chattooga cut the lead to 3-1 midway through the half, but Henry notched her second goal inside the final two minutes.

Murray County beat Chattooga 10-0 earlier this season, but coach Mandy Ledford said her team’s opponent was much better since losing that matchup.

“I’m just really proud of the girls staying mentally focused and coming back in the second half and regrouping,” she said. “I’m proud of them for not giving up. They got a little frustrated from time to time, but that’s part of the game of soccer. We had some really nice plays.”

Murray County boys 9, Chattooga 0: The boys completed the road sweep in dominant fashion, with Jose Ruiz’s five-goal performance leading the way.

Ruiz had three goals by halftime, as did Alberto Soto. Humberto Alvarez scored Murray County’s other goal and also had an assist, while Roberto Zuniga was in goal for the shutout.

Murray County (6-2-1, 6-1) outshot Chattooga 22-3.

“It was a well-played game,” Murray County coach Marco Burgueno said. “Lots of passing. So they did a good job today as far as playing as a team and sharing the ball.”

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