Even in a win, Murray County High School boys soccer coach Marco Burgueno was looking for more.
The Indians’ defense shut down Morris Innovative in a 1-0 victory Thursday night at Harmon Field, completing the sweep of Region 7-2A action that started with an 8-0 win for Murray County’s girls against the Lady Tigers.
In the 36th minute of the boys match, Juanito Bautista and Alberto Soto conjured a two-man, give-and-go play to get by Morris Innovative’s defense and Bautista’s shot was just high enough to evade goalkeeper Danny Alonzo.
The fact that it was the only goal for the Indians (5-2-1, 5-1) stuck with Burgueno.
“We should’ve had more,” he said.
Murray County had 19 shots in the game, including three that hit the crossbar or post. Again, Burgueno saw the potential for better results.
“The passes we just weren’t able to finish or control. It was almost like we wanted to just kick it up. We didn’t have control,” Burgueno said. “We had a few good shots, but we should’ve had more than what we did.”
Alonzo made eight saves in goal, while the Tigers (4-4, 3-4) only had four shots the entire game. Morris Innovative’s offense came from passes over the top of Murray County’s defenders, but the Indians were quick enough to run down and clear the ball from danger on numerous occasions.
“The first touch was lost on every possession,” Tigers coach Ernie Dempsey said. “So that resulted in us playing more long ball. They have fast backs.”
It was the first meeting between the two teams this season — last season Morris Innovative was in Class A while Murray County was in Class 3A — but they will play again April 11 in Chatsworth. Region 7-2A teams are playing home-and-home matches that both count in the league standings.
Thursday also marked the first contest against a local school for Morris Innovative, which is in its second year of competition.
n Murray County girls 8, Morris Innovative 0: The Lady Indians (5-3, 5-1) took 50 shots and benefited from a combined seven goals from Paiton Bradford and Cheyenne Sancho.
Murray County scored four times in each half, starting the offensive onslaught in the second minute on Bradford’s shot from the top right corner of the goalie box. Bradford scored three more times — twice assisted by Sancho, who scored all three of hers without an assist.
Nayeli Jacobo also scored for the Lady Indians.
The Lady Tigers (0-9, 0-8) are in their first season and still are trying to win their first game. Murray County coach Mandy Ledford knows how Morris Innovative feels.
“That was us last year,” she said, referring to the Lady Indians’ one-win season. “That’s one reason why we tried playing the majority of our bench. ... We know how that feels.”
Morris Innovative goalkeeper Itzel Moreno made 21 saves in the game, while the Lady Tigers only took three shots.
“(Moreno) was like our life-saver,” Lady Tigers coach Irene Quintero said. “She’s usually in her twenties or thirties every game. She kept a lot of them out.”
Lady Indians goalkeeper Paxton Dolly made two saves. Kelsey Pack, Murray County’s usual goalie, was not at the game but is still on the team. Ledford declined to give the reason why she wasn’t there.
• North Murray 3, Gordon Central 0: Ismael Cruz and Freddie Urbina took over and led the Mountaineers (5-1, 5-0 Region 5-3A) in a tight win.
Cruz had a goal off of an Urbina assist with five minutes left in the first half, and Cruz returned the favor with Urbina scoring five minutes into the second half. Cruz then capped the day off with an assist from Jacob Dotson with 13:26 remaining.
Neither team was able to generate much offense as North Murray had just nine shots on goal and Mountaineers keeper Manuel Gonzalez was force to make just three saves.
• Southeast Whitfield boys 9, LaFayette 0: Byron Miranda recorded a hat trick to lead Southeast (4-1, 2-1 Sub-region 7B-4A) to the easy win over the visiting Ramblers.
Southeast led 4-0 at the half and scored goals in rapid succession before pulling its starters early in the second half. Alex Rosillo and Alex Garcia each had a pair of goals, while Jorge Hurtado and Erik Salaises each scored one goal.
• Dalton boys 5, Cleveland (Tenn.) 0: Ramiro Huitanda and Eder Mora each scored twice as the Catamounts (8-0) won their opening game at the Cleveland Classic.
Alan Pantaleon added a goal for the Cats. Raymundo Bahena was Dalton’s goalkeeper for the first 68 minutes and Chris Monroig played the final 12. The Cats outshot their opponents 15-3.
• Southeast girls 2, LaFayette 1: Andrea Lopez scored both goals as Southeast (4-2, 2-1 Sub-region 7B-4A) edged to the win over the visiting Lady Ramblers.
Lopez scored on a penalty kick and added the game-winner off an assist from Alejandra Lerma. In goal, Sydney Covington had three saves for the Lady Raiders.
• Gordon Central girls 4, North Murray 0: Amber Bandy had 12 saves in goal, but the Lady Mountaineers (0-4, 0-4 Region 5-3A) only managed six shots on goal.
• Northwest JV boys 4, Heritage-Catoosa 0: Juan Navarro had a pair of goals and Walker Creswell and Rigo Martinez combined for the shutout in goal for the Bruins (3-1).
Xavier Lasonte and David Paz each had a goal as well, while Brandon Jimenez and Adrian Marisical each had assists.
• Mt. Juliet (Tenn.) 2, Northwest Whitfield 1: Seth Pierce’s complete game on the mound was spoiled by an offense that managed just three hits in the Scenic City Classic tournament in Chattanooga.
Playing at Baylor School, Pierce gave up a pair of earned runs in the bottom of the second and faced the minimum the rest of the way. The sophomore gave up five hits and had five strikeouts in six innings of work, and he didn’t have a single three-ball count in the game.
Northwest (3-2) scored in the first, with Brandon Smith reaching on an error and going to second on the play to get the inning started. Brady Middleton followed with a bunt single and Diego Peralta — who was the only Bruin with two hits — had an infield single to the hole at second to drive Smith in.
• Pickens 6, Coahulla Creek 5: The Colts (2-5) led 5-2 after five innings but allowed two runs in both the sixth and seventh as they lost on the road.
Blake Phillips started on the mound, pitching three innings with just one hit and two walks allowed. He struck out five and only allowed one earned run.
After Erick Dominguez pitched 2 1/3 innings, Danny Stavrow pitched the final 1 1/3. He didn’t allow a hit, walked two, struck out two and gave up two unearned runs.
Michael Ward was 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs, while Patrick Malone added a hit and an RBI.
• Calhoun 15, Murray County 0, five innings: Murray County (0-4, 0-2 Region 7-2A) had six hits and committed just a single error in losing to the host Yellow Jackets. Calhoun had 17 hits in the run-rule shortened contest, and Nick Stiles was 2-for-3 at the plate for the Indians.
• Northwest Whitfield girls 3, Gordon Lee 2: The Lady Bruins (4-2) swept doubles matches and Sara Richards won 8-0 in pro-set play at No. 3 singles to give her team the close victory. No. 1 Alli Wagner and Sydney Wagner teamed up for an 8-2 win, while No. 2 Halley Henderson and Valerie White won 8-4.
• Northwest Whitfield boys 3, Gordon Lee 2: A pair of forfeits at No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles allowed the Bruins (3-3) to even their record. No. 1 Thomas Blackwell and Chris Brown won 8-1, while No. 3 Lane Watson took a forfeit in singles play and No. 2 Blake Frankenberger and Cody Bourff won by forfeit.
• Heritage-Catoosa boys 3, Southeast 2: The Raiders (0-3, 0-3 Sub-region 7B-4A) got a singles win from No. 2 Ben Lopez, 7-5, 6-3, and No. 2 Jorge Ruedas and Trey Weaver, 6-2, 7-6 (9-7).
• Heritage-Catoosa girls 4, Southeast 1: Daisy Maya won 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles to take the lone victory for the Lady Raiders (0-3, 0-3 Sub-region 7B-4A).
• Sonoraville boys 3, Coahulla Creek 2: The Colts (6-3, 6-3 Region 5-3A) got singles victories from No. 1 Chase Lynch, 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, and No. 2 Jake Mathis, 6-1, 6-1.
• Sonoraville girls 3, Coahulla Creek 2: Erin Orem won at No. 1 singles, 6-3, 6-3, and the No. 1 doubles team of Madison Zerbe and Hannah Locke won 6-2, 6-3 for the Lady Colts (4-5, 4-5 Region 5-3A).
• Dalton JV girls 5, Northwest 0: Chandler Renz (8-3), Shelby Fromm (8-0) and Katherine Clifford (8-0) all won in singles for Dalton (7-3), while Michelle Rogers and Kate Adams won 8-2 and Morgan Coker and Nathaly Trujillo won 8-0 in doubles action.
• Dalton JV boys 5, Northwest 0: Dalton (8-2) got singles wins from Robert Enck (8-1), Peter Sigmon (8-2) and Patrick Hayes (8-0). In doubles action, Jake Myers and Warner Braun won 8-0, while Evan Pope and Robert Hardaway won 8-3.
• Results from North Murray’s match with Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe and Murray County’s matches with Calhoun and Chattooga were not reported by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.
• Dalton girls 150, Southeast 155: Lady Raiders senior Megan Collins shot a 5-over par 41 to claim medalist honors by seven strokes, but Dalton’s balance gave the Lady Cats the nine-hole victory at Indian Trace in Chatsworth.
Olga Fouche led Dalton with a 48, and she was joined by Carson Roberts (52) and Bailee Mitchell (54). For Southeast, Bethany Riddix (55) and Tori Bailey (59) joined Collins with scoring rounds.
• Murray County girls 176, Gordon Central 187, Sonoraville 191: Amber Lewis took medalist honors at Fields Ferry in Calhoun with a 10-over-par 56 to lead the Lady Indians to the win. Katherin Baynes (58) and Rebekah Wildes (62) also scored for Murray County.
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